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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
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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 CBSSports.com'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: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:06 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

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Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Funny how the people saying death penalty are Ohio fans. Ohio got of easy compared to USC the recruiting sanctions obviousily didn't even hurt them. Plus Meyer will bring his SEC rules to the big ten and find ways around his sanctions.  No way will Ohio's recruiting be hurt which is obvious after the class they just pulled in.  But they have Sandusky and Penn State to thank for some of their luck.  Who knows what the coach of TCU knew and didn't. If he did know I'm sure he will be punished.  NCAA has been coming down harder on infractions it seems of late.  Sad kids these days that have scholarships have to stoop to selling drugs or merchandise for tattoos or whatever they need the money for.  Some of these kids had a legit NFL chance where they would have money for whatever now kind of just throw that out the window.



Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

this is worst than selling merchandise for tatoo's!!! Death Penalty!!!!!!!! Lack of Institutional control!!!!!!


Just to make it clear, my comment is a total joke, 1 year bowl ban would be fair tho.  



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:59 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!

Need some therapy?



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

texas christian ???? yea thats it . good kids right..yea just like BYU



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:36 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!


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:34 pm
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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

teh death penalty will never happen again, because the ncaa saw what it did too smu, and now you wonder if this is why tcu abrubtly changed there mind about joing the big east, that it had nothing to do with football, and it didn't want another blackeye for the big east with what it's dealing with pitt and syracuse leaving and it didn't want another distraction



Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:16 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

this is worst than selling merchandise for tatoo's!!! Death Penalty!!!!!!!! Lack of Institutional control!!!!!!



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Texas Convict University? 


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