FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a drug test in February, two weeks before his roommate was arrested during a drug sting.
The revelation was in a Feb. 15 police report obtained Friday by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and first reported by TCU360.com, the university’s student media website.
In an e-mailed statement to the Star-Telegram, TCU coach Gary Patterson said he was aware of Pachall testing positive Feb. 1. There was no indication if Pachall had or would be punished.
“I have always taken a very strong stand on student-athlete health and welfare. We have policies and educational programs in place to help guide our student-athletes,” Patterson said in the statement. “We are committed to helping them make healthy choices and have moved forward. We have had 25 drug tests in the last 18 months, including one by the NCAA at the Rose Bowl. We’ve had six drug tests since February.”
TCU players are scheduled to report to campus Sunday for the start of fall practice. The Horned Frogs are preparing for their first season in the Big 12 Conference.
Tanner Brock, then Pachall’s roommate, and three other TCU football players were among students arrested Feb. 15 by Fort Worth police after a six-month drug sting. All four arrested players were kicked off the team, and have received probation after pleading guilty to marijuana delivery charges.
Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for Tarrant County prosecutors, said last month that linebacker Brock, defensive tackle, D.J. Yendrey and offensive lineman Tyler Horn, all 21, had pleaded guilty. McDonald said the convictions would be cleared from their records if they complete probation, which is common for first-time offenders.
Brock got four years’ probation while Yendrey and Horn each got three years.
The Star-Telegram said cornerback Devin Johnson pleaded guilty Friday to three charges of delivery of marijuana and received three years’ deferred adjudication probation, according to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.
In a supplement that is part of the Feb. 15 police report, an officer wrote of details of his interview with Pachall on the night that Brock was arrested at the Fort Worth house they shared.
When the officer asked Pachall if he had ever used narcotics, the report said the player replied that he had, and had smoked marijuana as recently as a week or two prior to that night.
“Due to Casey being a student athlete at TCU I asked if they receive any drug test,” the report read. “Casey replied they do and that he failed their most recent one which was right after he had smoked marijuana last. Casey stated that he smoked marijuana maybe a day or two prior to the test.”
The report said that Pachall also stated that he used cocaine and ecstasy in the previous year, but said “Both were just a one-time thing and (he) hasn’t done either since.”
Police released Pachall while Brock was taken away from the residence in a police car.
Pachall set school records with 2,921 passing yards and 228 completions as a sophomore last season. He also threw 25 touchdowns in his first season as the starter replacing Andy Dalton, who started last season as a rookie for the Cincinnati Bengals.
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