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Gary Patterson says drug numbers are ‘somewhere in the middle’

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A little over a week after news broke that members of TCU’s football program were arrested as part of a school-wide drug sweep, coach Gary Patterson broke his public silence on the matter.

Speaking to the media after the Horned Frogs’ first spring practice, Patterson incorporated the timeless coachspeak of “it’s never as bad as you think, never as good as you think” to the drug situation when he acknowledged that he tested his players for drug use on Feb. 1.

“The most disappointing thing for me is our whole team felt like, after watching for two days, that we all of a sudden went from good to everybody is bad, and that’s not true. We spend 90 percent of our time on 10 percent of our kids that are knuckleheads. We’re not going to quit having knuckleheads. Nobody is. Not at any other school in the country.

“You want an exact number and the world is not about exact numbers. I know what the exact number is. Somewhere between that five, and maybe it’s five, maybe it’s 82. The key is what we’re trying to do about it. And we’re going to keep fighting it. The reality is always somewhere in between. That’s not going to change. There’s not a school in the country that’s drug free.”

While we may never know the exact number of those involved, the way TCU handled the whole situation, from head administrators on down to Patterson, was exemplary.

You can read the rest of Patterson’s quotes HERE, courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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3 Responses to “Gary Patterson says drug numbers are ‘somewhere in the middle’”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 25, 2012 5:00 PM

    I think before all is said and done, he is going to stomp on some kids feet, and there may be a few more kids, not playing for TCU this year. It is a shame because they have come a long way, but like he said, the ration is 10/90 when it comes to bad apples (Knuckleheads), and everybody has some of them. Some schools, just hide it better and I am sure in one case, a university has the hiding game down to an art, because the police help them out. Violations, that are clearly against the NCAA rules, are miraculously swept under the carpet and player incidences disappear.

  2. pdcooper08 says: Feb 25, 2012 7:31 PM

    I don’t care what level there at or what College it is, they all have a grasp how to play the hiding game. As you say, they know most of these people are fans to there Universities Athletic programs and can be swayed in many ways. From the Admins to Law Enforcement, it just is part of the deal.

    This problem is like an Ice berg, 10 % is identified as a problem, and 10 % gets dealt with. There will always be the one that takes it for the team.

  3. drjem says: Feb 25, 2012 9:04 PM

    woebegong

    You’re correct of course, the University helps them defeat the “process.” Had I the authority, I would clean house!!!!!

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