They have released the following statement from TCU head football coach Gary Patterson:
This time, Gary had no choice.
Three days before TCU hosts its first Big 12 game the starting quarterback was busted for a DUI. Casey Pachall was arrested on Wednesday night for driving drunk.
This isn't funny. A guy who was already operating under a perceived no-tolerance policy has put his head coach, and his team, in a very precarious position.
By all accounts, Pachall had been trying very much to do the right thing since word leaked on Aug. 2 that he had admitted to failing a drug test for weed in February, and that he told the police he had used also cocaine and ex'. He did not fail any drug test for the latter two drugs.
At the time, I wrote a column that said Gary Patterson should suspend Pachall for four games. Needless to say, the reaction towards my opinion was not what I call "supportive". In hindsight, four games was too harsh. Two would have been fine.
GP elected to follow the university protocol for any student and not suspend his QB because there was no rule in place that said he had to. It was a great out.
There were some within the TCU athletic department that thought Casey should have been suspended then, but in the end director of athletics Chris Del Conte agreed with the coach that he could not do it.
How many strikes does Casey have? Is this the second, the third?
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