Speaking with Sirius/XM Radio today, a few hours after it was announced that TCU QB Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely for a DWI, TCU coach Gary Patterson said: "He is indefinitely suspended from competition until we come up with a good answer for him, how we are going to handle life and how we are going to do things. Is it one game, is it the rest of the season? I don't know what that answer is. Right now, I woke up this morning and this is what happened.
"I have to get my team ready to play. Once I feel comfortable that happens, we'll deal with the Casey Pachall situation. He'll be on the sidelines but he won't play. He's not going to go home. It's, 'You put yourself in that situation so here is how we are going to do this.'"
That sounds like a man who is not going to kick Pachall off the team, but would like to try to teach him a(nother) lesson and punish him by using the one tool he has yet to exercise - not playing the game.
Don't buy Patterson's line of, "This actually opens the playbook for us," he told Sirius/XM today. "We have more offense in the game than with Casey Pachall in the game. He can throw all the throws."
Pachall is a veteran of many games, can run, and get the ball out of his hands fast. An offensive line that is far from polished needs a QB to make it look better than it is sometimes, and it is hard to believe Boykin is there yet.
Pachall was the best QB in the state, and perhaps the second best in the Big 12 behind Geno Smith. So even though Boykin may have a good arm and is a good athlete and is a good runner, he was not the starter for a reason. Don't be surprised if former QB turned WR Matt Brown goes back to QB and plays a snap or two.
Las Vegas has TCU as a 10-point favorite, and TCU should still be able to beat Iowa State without Pachall. After that? I suspect that is why Pachall will be on the sidelines. Winning at Baylor is not easy, even with Pachall playing. Hosting Texas Tech looks a lot harder today than it did in July.
"For me, kids screw up. There are team policies. There are university policies. There are rules. He knew what was in place," GP said. "Everybody is going to make this about Casey Pachall. The thing that head coaches do we don't make it about Casey Pachall. If I do that, I'm saying everybody else is not important."
Kids aren't stupid, and they know the value of the stud starting quarterback.
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