"He finished all of his in-patient work and has been in out-patient work up until Friday," Patterson said. "He did everything we wanted him to do."
Pachall has not been with the team since his DUI in early October, after which he disenrolled from school. He had been living in Austin with his sister as he attended both in and out-patient treatment.
Pachall is scheduled to be with the team when they meet this afternoon. There are also other issues to be addressed, namely the continued counseling Pachall is seeking; Patterson said Pachall will be assigned a sponsor as well.
Patterson said he does not know if Pachall will be his team's starting quarterback, but that he will begin offseason workouts and training with the team. Patterson said Pachall has not lifted weights or thrown a ball in several months.
"He looks great; it's like he looked when he was a freshman," Patterson said. "Right now we feel really good about this. It's never going to be 100 percent perfect but there is a chance we did the right thing and made a difference."
Patterson added: "You gotta understand, everybody is going to be watching on this."
I asked Patterson if he, or anyone at TCU, has made it clear to Pachall that they stuck their neck out for him and he needs to return the favor.
"He already knows that. He knew that the first time. He knows," Patterson said. "He met with Campus Life and one of the reasons I feel so good about this is because they feel so good about it. They feel very comfortable with it."
If this goes right, Pachall will be this team's starting quarterback in the fall of 2013. His return will dramatically improve this team's chances in their second year in the Big 12.
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