What’s going on around TCU football right now is puzzling. This program had ascended so high that, while you figure some college kids are going to do dumb things, it seemed like TCU was a model for other schools to follow. Well, for some of the players, that’s apparently not the case.
When a pack of TCU football players ends up getting arrested in a drug sting that followed a very long investigation, you know something is definitely not right. Gary Patterson said in a statement that:
“There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days. As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.”
“Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University.”
“I believe strongly that young people’s lives are more important than wins or losses.”
“At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved.”
I appreciate his reaction, but, since we are in this world now, we have to ask how many other circumstances there were that have not been found yet. How many other things have happened that are possibly even worse than this? It happened at Penn State. It happened at Ohio State, and I fear that could happen at TCU as well. For all the credit we’ve given them in football, I don’t think we could have ever imagined that this was going to happen. They were selling drugs, but, there could be more.
I wish TCU all the best and hope this is pretty much it for this scandal.