Linebacker Tanner Brock is at the center of TCU's drugs crisis, it has emerged.
Brock—as well as defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, cornerback Devin Johnson and offensive lineman Ty Horn—were arrested in the early hours of this morning, as well as 13 other players.
According to news reports, the TCU students sold "marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription painkillers to students."
All four players were immediately kicked off the football team, and could be booted out of the university if found guilty.
Last year Sports Illustrated saluted the TCU program, saying that it was the only team in the top 25 not to have a member of the team arrested for some crime or another. While on March 2, 2011 (when this was published) it seemed to be something to aspire to, now it looks as though the TCU program may have been lucky.
According to a Yahoo report, Brock apparently boasted to an undercover cop in early February that he failed a fitness test that would have included 60 percent of his teammates.
TCU coach Gary Patterson was furious, saying: "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," Patterson said. "I believe strongly that young people's lives are more important than wins or losses," he said, adding: "At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved."
Let's go back to the drug tests, Gary. If 60 people do get found guilty of failing drugs tests on the Horned Frogs team, does that mean that they are ALL going to be booted off and essentially TCU starts the first day of its season in the Big XII completely and utterly weakened, and its coach and athletic department disgraced.
Questions will be asked about Patterson—who apparently made the whole team take a drug test after rumors emerged that players were taking and dealing drugs on the team—and the TCU athletic department.
But the bigger questions has to be asked about college football players in general, involving the whole team should be drug tested on a regular basis. And more's the case, are there drugs tests being passed at Division I schools, where winning is everything, when they really should be failed?