3-point stance: Pachall, TCU under pressure

October, 5, 2012
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1. There are two explanations for the DWI arrest of TCU quarterback Casey Pachall early Thursday morning. Either he has a substance abuse problem, and TCU has confirmed that Pachall failed a drug test in February, or he made a very dumb decision for which his teammates will pay a big price. As Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson has suspended Pachall indefinitely, TCU is preparing for eight Big 12 games. Four opponents are undefeated; three others have only one loss.

2. Nebraska’s hire of Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst to replace Tom Osborne says something about the mutual respect shared by Osborne and former Husker linebacker Barry Alvarez, the Wisconsin AD. Eichorst went to Miami from Madison. But Eichorst’s departure says more about the problems at the U. Eichorst stayed there only 18 months. His predecessor, Kirby Hocutt, stayed two-and-a-half years before bailing out to Texas Tech. Living in the shadow of an NCAA investigation is weighing heavily on Miami.

3. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is catching grief now for the hire of John L. Smith in May to replace Bobby Petrino. Given the circumstances, Long made the right hire. He deserves the chance to start the process again soon to hire a long-term coach (Smith signed a 10-month contract – another shrewd decision by Long). The pool of candidates will be larger than in last May. Long will find plenty who believe Arkansas is a prize, even if they have to pick up the pieces from this freefall.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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