TCU Starting QB Casey Pachall Arrested for DWI
TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall was arrested overnight Wednesday for DWI, Fort Worth police say.More coming ... #breaking— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) October 4, 2012
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 11:28 a.m. ET by Jessica Isner
The ruling came down fast as far as Casey Pachall is concerned. The quarterback, who was arrested for driving while intoxicated early on Thursday, has been suspended indefinitely, according to Schuyler Dixon of the Associated Press.
According to the AP's report, TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced the suspension on Thursday morning.
This is a big blow to the Horned Frogs as they prepare to delve into the bulk of their Big 12 schedule, and it could put their No. 15 ranking in jeopardy.
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Everything was going so well. Currently ranked 15th in the AP poll, TCU is 4-0. The Horned Frogs have several huge games coming up against Iowa State (Oct. 6), Baylor (Oct. 13) and West Virginia (Nov. 3), and they need to win them all if they intend on staying in the BCS bowl conversation.
And as they tackle the heart of their Big 12 schedule, they can't afford to be without their starting quarterback.
What It Means
This isn't the first scandal that has involved Pachall. Last February, according to the Associated Press via USA Today, Pachall failed a drug test and told police he had smoked marijuana. Two weeks later, his roommate was arrested in a campus-wide drug sting in which three other TCU players were also arrested.
According to ESPNDallas.com's David Ubben, Pachall also admitted to using cocaine and ecstasy.
Needless to say, all of those players who were arrested were kicked off the team, according to the AP—but Pachall wasn't punished.
What Comes Next
It's hard to believe that head coach Gary Patterson can avoid holding his QB accountable this time around. Now that Pachall has been arrested, it's going to be difficult to avoid punishing him in some way.
Which, of course, leaves the Horned Frogs in a bad situation as they prepare to face Iowa State on Saturday.
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