Drug bust at TCU
Posted by on 15 February 2012 | 0 comments
Just 24 hours after TCU's first Big XII schedule was announced, the program was dealt a potentially devastating blow.
Seventeen students, including four football players, were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a six-month investigation of a major drug ring by the Fort Worth Police Department and TCU police. TCU police chief Steven McGee said that "all of those arrested are drug dealers" in a Wednesday morning press conference.
The football players are LB Tanner Brock, DT D.J. Yendrey, OL Ty Horn and DB Devin Johnson. According to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, all four have been kicked off of the TCU football team.
Brock, a first-team All-Mountain West linebacker in 2010, led TCU in tackles in 2010 before missing all of 2011 with a foot injury.
Yendrey started at DT for the Frogs in 2011 and figured to be the the team's starter in 2012 after earning honorable mention All-Mountain West honors.
Johnson saw action in nine games, accumulating 47 tackles. He figured to be TCU's starting strong safety in 2012.
Horn, a sophomore from McGregor, did not see playing time in two years in the program.
"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said in a statement on Wednesday morning. "As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad."
According to McGee, the six-month investigation involved hand-to-hand transactions with undercover police officers and included marijuana, cocaine, acid, ecstacy and prescription drugs.
TCU chancellor Victor J. Boscini, Jr. issued a statement on Wednesday morning saying that "students arrested and found in violation of distributing drugs are subject to immediate expulsion from TCU."
TexasFootball.com will have more as the story develops.