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Gary Patterson's statement on TCU arrests

Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:25 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the news of a major drug bust at TCU on Wednesday came as a surprise to all, perhaps nobody was more surprised than TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who released a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days," Patterson said. "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.

"This situation isn’t unique to TCU -- it is a global issue that we all have to address. This isn’t just about bad decisions made by a small percentage of my team. It is about a bigger issue across this country and world.

"As a coach, I do the best I can to educate members of my team. We have programs in place that teach student-athletes about what they should and shouldn’t do and how to be successful in life. I talk to them about how to be students and upstanding men that uphold the TCU name and its traditions.

"At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved." 

Patterson said he was mad at the beginning of the statement, and you could tell he meant it while reading the rest of it.

Four TCU players were arrested as part of the sting. Those four players were linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, safety Devin Johnson and offensive tackle Ty Horn.

All but Horn were starters for the Horned Frogs

Obviously, this isn't good news for anybody involved, including the rest of Patterson's football team. Losing three of your starters on defense this way heading into the Big 12 won't do the Horned Frogs any favors on the field, and to make matters worse, this may just be the beginning.

There's no telling where this story is going to end just yet.

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Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:07 pm

Gary Patterson's statement on TCU arrests

o man, if they only knew about SDSU and there athletes ..i could write a book

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:23 pm

Gary Patterson's statement on TCU arrests

Hawkins, I agree 100%, there is no reason for any involvement by the NCAA, as there are no program-related infractions at all. As you said, just criminal behavior by a bunch of students, some of whom were FB players. 

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:55 pm

Gary Patterson's statement on TCU arrests

I respect Gary Patterson for what he said.  It's not his fault that guys on his team made stupid decisions.  All he can do is say that those types of bad choices will not be tolerated, and appropriately punish those who break the law.  I know this hurts TCU's defense at a time when they were already taking a major step up in competition...but the blame needs to be put directly on the 4 players that chose to break the law.

The statements on other boards saying the NCAA needs to get involved and bowl bans or even the death penalty need to be excercised are a little too extreme.  This was just a situation where 17 idiots got caught breaking the law, and 4 of them happened to play football.



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