"He can come back in January if he gets clean," TCU coach Gary Patterson said of Pachall moments after he announced that Pachall has, or will, disenroll, from the school and plans to enter an in-patient care facility.
Patterson said Pachall can return if the people who are in charge of his care at this facility "tell me he's clean. ... There is no answer right now. Right now he's trying to find out where he's at."
Patterson said this move could cost him a bowl game, but that "he didn't think about that. If you were a betting person, you had a better chance with an experienced quarterback you have a better chance of winning than you don't. That thought process didn't enter my mind."
Patterson used the word "disease" to describe Pachall's condition, but when I asked him if Pachall is an alcoholic he said he didn't know and that he would leave that to be decided by professionals.
"I don't know if the Casey Pachall thing will work out. I don't. But you have to try," Patterson said.
After all of this, this very much feels like the right move for both parties.
Casey gets to get away and get well. The 2012 football team no longer has to worry about this.
Right now, it sucks. But it does not have to be this way forever.
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