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Casey Pachall tells Kenny Vaccaro he's going to 'take some time off'

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

TCU coach Gary Patterson is expected to reveal the status of junior quarterback Casey Pachall at a luncheon on Tuesday afternoon. Pachall was suspended indefinitely last week following an arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and missed TCU's loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

According to Pachall's teammates at Brownwood High School, Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, the TCU quarterback told him on Sunday that he was going to "take some time off and get everything together."

"I told him after a couple of times of getting in trouble, 'You've got to stop. You're the quarterback,'" Vaccaro told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "'You represent your program. You represent yourself. You represent Brownwood.' And now it's just like, 'Man, you've got to make better decisions.' He's like, 'I know. I know,' I think Casey can get it turned around because, in high school, he was a different kid. I think he just got to the big city ... kind of like me. I haven't been perfect since I got here. But I think I've progressed and matured. I told Casey the same thing. So he's going to take some time off and get everything together. And he'll be fine, I think. He'll be fine in the long run. He's a great player."

Vaccaro references an incident outside an Austin nightclub in May, in which he and teammates Alex Okafor and Barrett Matthews were arrested. Neither Vaccaro nor his teammates were suspended for the arrest.

As for Pachall and what he meant when he told Vaccaro that he'd be taking some time off, I'm not sure there's anything there to read into with certainty. A week could be time off, as could a month.

We won't know for sure until we hear it from Patterson.

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