Posted by Jerry Hinnen
According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, rumors of 60-to-80 TCU football players failing a random drug test have been grossly exaggerated.
In police documents filed as part of the campus-wide investigation that led to the arrests of four Horned Frog players Wednesday, now-former Frogs Tanner Brock and Devin Johnson are quoted telling undercover officers that as many as 82 TCU players tested positive in the Feb. 1 test. But sources told the Star-Telegram Thursday that, in fact, only five of the 102 Horned Frog players failed the screening, with another 11 players showing trace amounts within the test's margin for error. 86 players' tests came back negative.
Although some of the drugs sold to officers during the sweep included prescription drugs, cocaine, and acid, the only substance found in the five positive tests was marijuana. Though Brock (pictured) told officers he had failed the test, it was not immediately clear if the four arrested (and dismissed) players had produced positives or not.
Having been administered on National Signing Day, the test was reportedly ordered by head coach Gary Patterson after a recruit declined a TCU offer over his concerns of widespread drug use on the team. But an anonymous former player told the Star-Telegram that marijuana is far less prevalent among the Frogs is far less than the arrests and Brock's and Johnson's statements would imply.
"There was definitely a small group of guys using weed but nothing more than that," the source said.
Ask Patterson, and he'll likely tell you that even five positives is five too many. But after the embarrassment of Wednesday's headlines and the details found in the police affidavits, Thursday's report -- if accurate -- puts the ratio of Frogs using marijuana (4.9 percent) at a rate far lower than the accepted ratio of total college students who use marijuana, and should be one for Patterson to be thankful for.
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