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Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:19 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 11:33 am

Posted by Chip Patterson and Tom Fornelli

Seventeen TCU students have been arrested as a result of a six-month investigation into drug related activity on campus on Wednesday. According to police and school officials, four of those students are Horned Frog football players.

The four TCU players to be arrested as part of the sting were senior linebacker Tanner Brock, senior defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, offensive tackle Ty Horn, and senior safety Devin Johnson.

Sources confirmed to's Bruce Feldman that all four players had been dismissed from the team. All but Horn were expected to start for TCU in 2012.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson released a statement through the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days," said Patterson. "As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.

"Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University. I believe strongly that young people’s lives are more important than wins or losses.

"This situation isn’t unique to TCU -- it is a global issue that we all have to address. This isn’t just about bad decisions made by a small percentage of my team. It is about a bigger issue across this country and world.

"As a coach, I do the best I can to educate members of my team. We have programs in place that teach student-athletes about what they should and shouldn’t do and how to be successful in life. I talk to them about how to be students and upstanding men that uphold the TCU name and its traditions.

"At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved."

According to TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr., there has never been "a magnitude of student arrests such as this" and all of those found guilty will face immediate expulsion. The chancellor issued an official statement on TCU's website.

"While this news is certainly shocking and disappointing, it is important to remember that TCU has clear expectations for its students: that they behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law," Boschini wrote.

"These students are charged with acting in a manner that is incompatible with TCU values and against the law. That is simply unacceptable and such reported behavior is not tolerated at this University."

According to TCU police, the drugs being sold included marijuana, cocaine, acid, ecstasy, and prescription drugs. Fort Worth police said the investigation is ongoing and that more students could be arrested in the campus wide crackdown.

Arrest warrant affadavits released by police included statements from Brock and Johnson made to undercover officers that indicated widespread drug use on the Horned Frogs team. Regarding a surprise February 1 drug test (reportedly demanded by Patterson after a recruit had told him he would not come to TCU over drug use concerns), Brock estimated "about 60 people" would be "screwed" while Johnson told officers "82 people failed it."

Both TCU officials and (via Twitter) other Horned Frog players vigorously denied Brock's and Johnson's statements.

Check out a video of TCU police chief Steve McGee addressing the arrests in the video below, courtesy of The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.

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Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:04 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

I just waiting for Teres Minor to come on here and explain how this incident was caused by SEC oversigning.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:22 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

yer an idiot,
thats why yer still ranked a rookie
dont be knockin my micjigan teams fool.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:20 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

hmmm,only 1 black guy?

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:51 am

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

WOW ... if this is going on at a Christian university can u picture what is going on at other schools ..... it is sad that life has become soooo miserable and boring that everyone is on drugs or alcohol ...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:44 am

"Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s

"Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period."

Hats off to TCU for taking decisive action to protect their students from those who have preyed on those who haven't yet developed the backbone to avoid such entanglements.  Young people like to think they are invincible, but on the heels of the death of Whitney Houston, we understand the true nature of a lifetime of drug abuse.  It costs you your money, then your relationships, and ultimately your life.  For those still naive enough to think that recreational use doesn't hurt anyone I can only say, WAKE UP!.  Your recreational use puts the lives of other people at risk in a lot of different ways.  It gives incentive to dealers to continue to commit crimes, including, but not limited to, murder, arson, trafficking, assault and money laundering.

I deal with drug users all the time, and I see them lose everything and get sent to prison all the time.  I listened to a young man tell about his heroin addiction last year, and the over 100 burglaries he committed to support his habit.  Then the police, in all of their wisdom, decided this young man was qualified to be their star witness, as he implicated a local business owner in "the scheme" to burlgarize.  He said he only told that story, because the cops were letting him be out of jail to visit the various crime scenes, and he said he "told them whatever they wanted to hear so I could get my McDonalds".

While drugs give you some temporary euphoria, the downside of addiction is way worse than the upside of the high.  If you think anything else, you're simply in denial.  It eats away at your self image and productivity, and ruins families, and the effects are multiplied throughout the community.  If you have a problem, get help.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:34 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:20 am

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Hey BobtheFan, it does seem that TCU is breathing easy, as in inhaling and exhaling a lot of weed. You do realize that this is only the beginning of this story, don't you? More players will be revealed to have taken drugs and/or failed drug tests and the veil of legitimacy will fall, exposing a typical football underbelly.  As for the BE, it'll be fine and I will bet that it has a full slate of teams for the '12 season. It doesn't matter anyway because with our without TCU it wasn't going to be a great football conference, and I never said it would. I only meant that it doesn't need a scandal coming in with a new, supposed up-and-coming member. And a scandal is what TCU has at the moment. Selling drugs and failing drug tests isn't good for a supposed Christian school, never mind the possibility that those who failed were still allowed to play. We'll see what happens, but it is at best embarrasing.

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Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:07 am
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Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:03 am

Should have just stuck with the "good " drugs

You know,the one the law makers use and thus makes it ok .Alcohol.The most dangerous drug on the planet.According to my doctor of twenty-five years.But what the hell does HE know.As he always says,just go ask any beaten,terrified women and children what "daddy" was high on when the beatings happened.Good job boys.Now ya`ll run out and have yourselves some GOOD drugs in celebration.
I`m in no way saying what the students did was ok,but why is the worst drug on the planet(alcohol) not just ok,but glorified,romanticised and advertised? Legaly ? According to any doctor,it`s caused more collaterall damage to innocents than any other drug.
Now,all you "social drinkers",attack

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:01 am

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

These wpoulkd be the four ohio capts. for the 2012 season.

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