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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: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:22 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

bitchass moron

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:02 pm
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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:31 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:16 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

They probably thought "When in the Big 12 - do as the Big 12 does.".

Morals and education have no place in that Conference - never have. 

TCU immediately and without hesitation removed the accused players from the team and any official mention.
They are 100% cooperating.   If anything it shows a hard-handed discipline and over the top morality.

I cannot remember the last time a Big 12 school got in trouble and did not act immediately and thoroughly.
College students do dumb things.  The Big 12 has had a strong track record of iron fisted discipline.

Only Colorado and Nebraska seemed to get in trouble over the years. 
Once Osborne retired, the incidents leveled off there as well.

And the prestigious University of Texas is an impeccable A+ academic flagship that is an original "Public Ivy League" with an endowment only trumped by Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:13 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Man, ohio just cant stay out of the CBS nes...Oh, wait its TCU?!?! Im just used to it being the ohio football team? Whoops!

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:05 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

They probably thought "When in the Big 12 - do as the Big 12 does.".

Morals and education have no place in that Conference - never have. 

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:58 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Nice to know that there is at least one football coach left in the world who hasn't sold his soul to the devil for wins and losses. It truly will be a pleasure to have Patterson and the rest of the Frogs who weren't involved in this drug thing on board in the Big 12.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:22 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

I'm sorry,four guys on the same team dealing drugs is as bad as it gets.  If four guys were selling that means at least 16 were buying.  It is safe to assume that at least 20 players knew what was going on, and that's a quarter of the entire team.

I struck out the parts of this paragraph that were pure BS and Underlined and Bolded the true statements....

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:11 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

To preface, all I know about this situation is included in the above article. That being said, I just can't believe a good little CHRISTIAN school, IN TEXAS no less, would be involved in such SIN!

We should outlaw christianity and the entire State of Texas from all future NCAA athletic events!!!

(At least my idiotic comments - most of them at least - were meant as sarcasm. Some of you guys need to get a life and a brain. Oh how I wish that somehow good ol' boy George W went to TCU!)

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:46 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Devin Johnson, one of Frogs who was arrested, is apparently singing like a canary and told the authorities that TCU randomly tested the football team and that 82 of the players failed. Just to make this clear, that was not a typo. EIGHTY-TWO! Including walk ons and guys who are essentially live tackling dummies, there are only 100 players on a D1 roster. Only 18% of the frickin team wasn't on drugs! Accordingly, I fail to see how anything related to how TCU as an institution handles drug use amongst their student athletes to be comendable. To the contrary, it is deplorable. If 82% of your football team can't pass a drug test I have two questions for the TCU brass: 1.) Did you know about this? 2.) If you didn't know, then why not?

Please provide me with any info about any schools that have told the authorities that they will not assist them in the investigation of systematic drug dealing on campus. I won't hold me breath. You want to commend them for participating. Hysterical. What are they going to say no?

My conjecture comes from your statements that TCU should be lauded for this. I think it explains itself. Once again, 88% of the team. That's 19 of the 22 starters. Congratulations. I couldn't agree with you more. TCU deserves a nice pat on the back.     

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