Nearly a week after TCU Horned Frogs starting quarterback Casey Pachall was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, the school has announced that he will miss the remainder of the season and enroll in a drug and alcohol treatment center.
Earlier this year, in the midst of a large school-wide drug bust which resulted in the dismissal and suspension of several football players, Pachall admitted during the investigation that he had previously tested positive for drugs, though he was not among those who received sanctions at the time.
Head coach Gary Patterson, with extreme pressure from the school’s administrators, made the announcement at a media luncheon earlier today.
TCU certainly did the right thing in this situation. It’s simply not about football. Pachall clearly needs help and it is the responsibility of those around him to ensure that he receives it.
His dismissal for the year certainly hurts the team. The Horned Frogs, in their first year as a member of the Big 12 conference, had lofty expectations for the year.
The junior QB started the season strong, throwing nearly 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns to just one interception.
Prior to Pachall’s suspension, they were ranked in the top 20. Back-up QB Trevone Boykin started this weekend against the Iowa State Cyclones as Pachall watched his team from the sidelines lose by a score of 23-37.
Patterson went on to state that the door is still open for the quarterback to return in the future.
Good for TCU for putting Pachall the person ahead of Pachall the football player.