Rather than use these disciplinary measures, you have to believe there was a part of TCU head coach Gary Patterson that really wanted to go corporal punishment on Casey Pachall after this latest incident.
For the sake of Gary, and TCU’s reputation, as a “we do it the right way” program, this decision to suspend Pachall indefinitely cannot be a Frog and pony show.
Gary has said he will announce Pachall’s fate on Tuesday at his weekly media luncheon.
According to sources, there is intense political pressure at the top of the school to keep Pachall suspended, at the least.
My gut tells me that this will be a suspension, which will include counseling etc., followed by an eventual reinstatement. It will be a semester long timeout.
That’s not the wrong thing to do.
This has all the makings of an LSU Honey Badger situation. The LSU corner was kicked off the team in early August for a violation of team rules, but has remained at LSU taking classes and there is a chance he can return to the team.
If TCU reinstates Pachall now we will know it has fully embraced all of the trappings, and realities, of big-time college football.
The Frogs may already be there and we are kidding ourselves to think otherwise.
On Aug. 3 I wrote Gary should have suspended his QB for four games after it was learned Pachall failed a drug test for weed, and admitted to the cops that he tried cocaine and ex’. In retrospect, four games was too harsh. Two would have been fine.
Gary very politely disagreed and merely followed university protocol for first time offenders. The head coach was gift-wrapped his out, and thus did not have to play a game without his star QB. The perception existed that Pachall had to walk the line.
Debating whether this situation would have been avoided had Patterson suspended Pachall then is pointless; it happened, and Pachall is suspended now.
For the first time the head coach is exercising the one piece of leverage he had yet to use – Casey can’t play.
In turn, I commend Pachall for agreeing to sit in timeout to think about what he has done. He could easily have quit TCU, and transferred to another school that would have gladly accepted his presence as a present.
This is no different than telling a little boy, “You can go to the party – but you’re going to stand behind the glass window and watch them play games and eat chocolate cake.”
Should his teammates struggle, he knows some of it is going to be on him. That is not going to be fun.
Know this – this is Pachall’s second official strike with TCU.
Strike One was the university-administered failed drug test he admitted to the cops in February. Admitting to the police he used cocaine and ecstasy did not register in the ball/strike count.
Strike Two was the DWI on Wednesday night.
TCU is acting in a way it is not sure there will be a chance for a third strike.
The parent in me feels for Pachall’s mother and father, and even Patterson. You try and you try and you try and then there is no choice but to try again.
Only after we have children of our do we empathize why on certain days our parents wanted to dump us at a local Army recruiter’s office, or throw us in the lion’s pit at the zoo.
While the money in and around college football is for the adults, we are still talking about kids who are operating in the playpen that is college.
This does not excuse a DWI. A lot of innocent people die in DWI accidents. When it comes to DWI how many of us can say, “There by the grace of God go I”?
A lot of people, such as Father Randy Galloway, and many TCU people, think Pachall has to go. That he has had more than enough chances and it is time to wash their hands of him, and to let someone else deal with him.
At a minimum, he has no more room at TCU. Casey has unknowingly cost himself a lot of money in potential NFL draft status.
Taking away the game is the last card TCU and GP can play.
In terms of perception, it may already be too late to kill the notion that winning has not already compromised standards at TCU just like it does so at many other places.
It is not too late, nor is it ever too late, to try for Casey’s sake.
For now, the thinking chair is worth a try.@MacEngelProf
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