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Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:19 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 11:33 am

Posted by Chip Patterson and Tom Fornelli

Seventeen TCU students have been arrested as a result of a six-month investigation into drug related activity on campus on Wednesday. According to police and school officials, four of those students are Horned Frog football players.

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

Sources confirmed to's Bruce Feldman that all four players had been dismissed from the team. All but Horn were expected to start for TCU in 2012.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson released a statement through 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," said Patterson. "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."

According to TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr., there has never been "a magnitude of student arrests such as this" and all of those found guilty will face immediate expulsion. The chancellor issued an official statement on TCU's website.

"While this news is certainly shocking and disappointing, it is important to remember that TCU has clear expectations for its students: that they behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law," Boschini wrote.

"These students are charged with acting in a manner that is incompatible with TCU values and against the law. That is simply unacceptable and such reported behavior is not tolerated at this University."

According to TCU police, the drugs being sold included marijuana, cocaine, acid, ecstasy, and prescription drugs. Fort Worth police said the investigation is ongoing and that more students could be arrested in the campus wide crackdown.

Arrest warrant affadavits released by police included statements from Brock and Johnson made to undercover officers that indicated widespread drug use on the Horned Frogs team. Regarding a surprise February 1 drug test (reportedly demanded by Patterson after a recruit had told him he would not come to TCU over drug use concerns), Brock estimated "about 60 people" would be "screwed" while Johnson told officers "82 people failed it."

Both TCU officials and (via Twitter) other Horned Frog players vigorously denied Brock's and Johnson's statements.

Check out a video of TCU police chief Steve McGee addressing the arrests in the video below, courtesy of The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.

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Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:39 am

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

I heard during Dirty Jim years of cheating...He brought in recruits based on the grade of marijuana they could bring...The awarded helemt stickers.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:37 pm
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Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:35 am

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

They have been offered ohio scholarships for recruit promotion. LOL!

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:05 am

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Marijuana is used by the majority of top sportspeople everywhere:

* "I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason" - Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

* "You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?" - Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

* "I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana," - WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

* Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa's cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:53 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Dirty Jim would have awarded these kids the woody hayes punch a student in the face award...

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:53 pm
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Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:17 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Wow USM, how enlightening. There is a drug "problem" in this country?? Dang, I had no idea. I was sure that when Nancy Reagan said "just say no"..everyone immediately obeyed. I had no idea we have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars since then trying to legislate morality and throwing people in jail for trying to get high...and it has all been a WASTE??? I had no idea, thanks for keeping us informed. Next thing you'll tell me is that teenagers are still having sex...those damned kids!!!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:46 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Tressel knew of the violations and did nothing then lied about it. Patterson did none of those.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:40 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

In case anyone out there is naïve, this type bust could happen at ANY COLLEGE.  There is a major drug issue in this country and there are millions of College students buying, selling and using drugs.  Too bad that there aren't more of these busts.  Bad enough to be using, but the kids making big bucks selling to fellow students have now ruion their futures.  We are becoming a "Hollywood" culture.  Right is wrong... wrong is right.  Lock em up and keep the busts coming.

Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:20 pm

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

HA... OK now how bout NCAA Sanctions... just like they do for other schools... they should be banned from post season play just like the Tattoo Buckeye boys... I think this case is FAR worse than The Ohio State University Case.

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