Gary Patterson is not a happy camper today as news broke that four of his TCU football players were arrested in a drug raid on campus. The new Big 12 member now has a public relations disaster on their hands and the players haven’t even been identified yet. A source told the Star-Telegram that at least one starter is among the four football players arrested.
17 students in all were arrested in the raid and the Fort Worth Police Department Captain Ken Dean described the raid in today’s press conference.
“We were not targeting students, fraternities or football players. We were targeting drug dealers.” Dean said.
Patterson isn’t the only school administrator dealing with the firestorm. TCU chancellor Victor J. Boschini has reason to be concerned as well.
“I’m extremely concerned,” Boschini said. “If one kid is involved, it’s one kid too many.”
The proverbial shit has yet to hit the fan in this evolving story but it has been launched out of a canon at a lightning-fast pace and is on course for a direct hit. Take cover TCU fans.
Update #1: Starting safety Devin Johnson, reserve tackle Ty Horn, linebacker Tanner Brock and defensive tackle contributor D.J. Yendrey were identified as the four players arrested. All players have been dismissed from the team. A list of all 17 students arrested can be found here.
Update #2: In Tanner Brock’s arrest affidavit, he states that he would estimate that only 20 TCU football players would pass a drug test.
Update #3: Evidently, Tanner Brock’s estimate that only 20 of his former TCU teammates would pass drug tests was wrong. No surprise, considering he may have been high when he made that statement. Reports now say that only five players failed a Feb. 1 drug test. 11 others had trace amounts of THC but the quantities were within the margin of error.