Regardless, the reason Tayo Fabuluje was welcomed back to the TCU football team is that he is 6-foot-7, 315 pounds with pretty good feet, and fills a need.
If you recall, head coach Gary Patterson was livid when Fabuluje left the team to transfer back to BYU last fall. It made an offensive line that was short on talent and experience thinner. There was plenty of name-calling at Fabuluje, who in August of 2013 told the Desert News, "just got admitted (Wednesday). I'm coming back to BYU!"
The thought was he did not like football, and was only using both TCU and BYU for free school.
2010: BYU redshirt. Did not play.
2011: TCU transfer season. Did not play.
2012: Started 12 games at TCU.
2013: Transferred to BYU. Enrolled. Did not play.
2014: Back to TCU.
By the looks of it, had all credit hours transferred back and forth, he may have been able to earn his degree by now.
Fabuluje is not a bad kid. This is not a criminal. What is not good is his personal situation. Sad and difficult are good places to start.
As evidenced by the second-chance Patterson extended quarterback Casey Pachall, GP likes to help a kid out ... especially when they can help out his team.
Fabuluje reached out to TCU last month, and sources said GP sat on this for a while weighing the pros and cons of the decision, seeking opinions of many of the support staff. Fabuluje wrote letters to the GP, and other members of the TCU administration, apologzing and asking for another shot.
This is a case of need for both. TCU needs Fabuluje's talent. He should start at left tackle immediately, and instantly makes a bad offensive line better.
There is risk involved - does GP think Fabuluje cares? Does he want to play football, or is the game something he merely tolerates? Will he quit, or half-a** it?
Only he knows that, and TCU should find out soon enough. It's a risk worth taking.
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