The fallout continues for TCU quarterback Casey Pachall after his October 4 arrest for suspicion of drunk driving. Pachall was initially suspended indefinitely, and now head coach Gary Patterson has announced that Pachall will "disenroll" from the school.
#TCU coach Gary Patterson: "Casey Pachall is disrenroll from TCU this semester."— Stefan Stevenson (@FollowtheFrogs) October 9, 2012
Pachall is enrolling in a drug/alcohol treatment facility.— Stefan Stevenson (@FollowtheFrogs) October 9, 2012
Pachall has a chance to enroll in spring and rejoin the team.— Stefan Stevenson (@FollowtheFrogs) October 9, 2012
For more on Patterson's statement, be sure to follow Stevenson or check out his article on the matter here.
This seems like as good of a solution to this problem as there is. Pachall can enter rehab and get the help he needs, but he doesn't have to do so knowing he doesn't have a school to return to. If he is able to get sober, he can continue his playing career.
Kudos to TCU for handling the matter in this way.
Of course, losing Pachall for the season is a huge loss from a football perspective. Without him this weekend, the Frogs lost to Iowa State, and things don't get any easier with Baylor this week and a brutal November and December slate that includes games against West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.
Pachall has been excellent when he's played in 2012, with 948 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception. He was building upon his excellent 2011 season (2,921 yards, 25 touchdowns, seven interceptions) before his arrest.
Here's to hoping Pachall can get himself on the straight and narrow and continue what was becoming a very promising football career. Given that TCU has taken the right actions while potentially providing the young man with a second chance, I think he'll do just that.
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