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TCU is moving to the Big XII, and they’re taking their drug using quarterback with them. Starting QB Casey Pachall failed a drug test on February 1, 2012. He tested positive for marijuana. Meh, big deal. Face a game suspension, learn your lesson, and move on. That’s typically how coaches remedy such situations.
Head Coach Gary Patterson released the following regarding Pachall’s drug test:
“We were aware of Casey testing positive on Feb. 1. I have always taken a very strong stand on student-athlete health and welfare. We have policies and educational programs in place to help guide our student-athletes. We are committed to helping them make healthy choices and have moved forward.
Two weeks later, on February 15, Pachall became a topic of discussion again after a campus drug raid popped his buddies and him at their apartment. It looks like smoking a little dope was just the tip of the iceberg.
On Feb. 15, four football players were arrested in connection with a campus-wide drug ring. Among those was linebacker Tanner Brock, who was roommates with Pachall. Brock, D.J. Yendrey, Devin Johnson and Ty Horn all were arrested and received probation after pleading guilty to marijuana delivery charges. All four were kicked off the team. Pachall was detained, but released.
So far, Pachall has been using and connected to delivering (dealing) pot. Patterson is gonna fuck his world. I’m thinking after-practice wind sprints for two months and a hefty multi-game suspension. Ignoring this would set a terrible precedent for the TCU football program. That’s not all, though. While being questioned by police, Pachall admitted to using ecstacy and cocaine. Here’s the much anticipated sentencing by Coach Patterson:
Patterson said while Pachall was not suspended, he was internally disciplined and will face rigorous drug testing in the future. “Just because he didn’t receive additional punishment doesn’t mean we think it’s acceptable,” Patterson said. “It’s not. And Casey knows that. He’ll continue to get tested and knows how serious this is.
“Alright Casey, just promise me you’ll never do it again.” Patterson is wasting no time implementing the “win at all costs” strategy. Pretty ridiculous decision to keep his punishment on the practice field only. How many other coaches would react the same way Patterson did?
- [via Yahoo! Sports]