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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 17, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:07 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Taylor213: I'm not sure why you think ANY punishment for the TCU program is warranted.  This was not a case of NCAA infractions on the part of the coaches OR the players.  The players broke the law, and will be tried and punished in criminal courts by the Justice system.  The NCAA would have no business sticking their nose into it at all.  The fact that four FB players, as INDIVIDUALS, got into trouble has nothing to do with the FB program.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:07 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

All schools are not a Texas Christian University.  TCU is above most other schools morally in this regard.  Talk to me when this happens at Notre Dame, BYU, or SMU.  4 other right type of rcruits and this storyt is not happening, but then TCYU is not a Top 20 program.  School has to decide to be Top 20 program or of Christian values.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:02 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Welcome to the Big Twelve! The Big East just breathed a sigh of relief.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:56 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

This happens at every college and those who say it doesn't are really naive.

Some drug dealers are smarter than others I suppose.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:55 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

First of all, as a former TCU student-athlete, I am a little biased regarding my affection for the TCU institution and athletic program. That being said I commend both the administrators, and coaches for taking the high road regardless of talent or product they bring to the university.  I am also happy to see, at first glance, the athletes and students involved will be treated the same and besides facing criminal charges will be facing immediate removal from the athletic program and expulsion from the university.

Now, for all you judgemental people who are chastising TCU because it happened at a "Christian" university. It truly shows your ignorance. Yes, TCU stands for Texas Christian University! However, that does not mean all students who attend are religous, or in that case Christian. Also, just because these students were a select few doesn't mean they speak or act for all of us fellow alums, or other current students. I'd also say you are pretty ignorant because as a former student-athlete I know of ALOT of former athletes in all type of sports and from a long list of schools who engaged in criminal activities related to drug and alcohol abuse during there college years. It is an unfortunate reminder of the atmosphere surrounding college athletics! So, just because it happened at TCU don't get your panties in a twist and think that you, or your school is holier than thou. I know that we, TCU, don't believe we are better than anyone simply because of the name, but I will say we do support an university who takes pride in the majority of students who very upstanding young men and women.

Lastly, to whomever thinks this is worse than the tatoo/booster scandal at OSU. In some respects you are correct, but in my humble opinion you are also wrong. TCU should not face a postseason ban, or fire the administrators, coaches, etc... because this was not an incident that benefitted the program. It was a few individuals who broke the law and they will be dealt with in a swift manner. These students and athletes will be facing an expulsion and criminal charges which is far worse than the penalty faced by the OSU players. in regards to Tressel being fired, as far as I know, he was removed because his cover-up of the situation. TCU on the other hand helped in an investigation that was run with the cooperation of the Ft. Worth PD and TCU Campus Police.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:49 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Four players and 13 other students.  Not every student, not every football player.  Let's keep this in perspective.  I would not expect any coaching staff or any administration to keep track of every student all the time.  Not sure we would want them to either.
With that said, when this behavior becomes known, proper action needs to be taken.  I believe that they have stated that they will be expelled.  The justice system will be busy too, but the administration and coaches are not the justice system.  I do not believe the coaches are trying to cover this up, which was the OSU mistake.  I am not sure we need to hammer anyone other that the idiots selling the drugs.  I am not a TCU fan, I am just sayin' we need to give those in postion to do something about this time to do something about this.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:26 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Welcome to big time college football and the Big 12, TCU! You'll fit in just fine.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:19 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

First TCU beats BCS teams on the football field, then it joins the Big East/12, now it has players in the news for doing something stupid...just like the idiots at BCS schools...

The Frogs have truly arrived.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:17 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

All those self righteous bible thumpers up to no good once again..surprise, surprise...oh ya, just repent and all will be forgiven...isn't following in the footsteps of their lord just something we should all strive for!! What this really is is a good example of people who keep theie kids sheltered from society until they have no control over them anymore! But I am sure there will be comments that these kids have nothing to do with their god, they were just recruitted to play football so their moral values are not what the university stands for...blah blah blah..same old rhetoric!

So basically, every person who goes to a religious school and ends up in trouble is the fault of the parents?  WOW!  That's great to know.  I'm so glad you could clear that up for everyone.  Of course they were recruited to play football.  Just because they attend a "Christian" school doesn't mean that they are perfect or that they will never make mistakes.  Is what they did wrong?  Hell yes, it is.  But you have no right to lump everyone at that school as a "bad seed".  You might want to look in the mirror before "casting the first stone".   

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:11 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Funny how the people saying death penalty are Ohio fans

funny how lionswins doesnt know how to read, or that the only one shouting death penalty was me,   and it was joke. typical  michigan

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