UPDATED May 28 @ 4:51 p.m. ET: In an email to CFT, TCU assistant athletic director/media relations Mark Cohen confirmed that “Ed Wesley is no longer in our football program.”
No reason was given for the departure.
Bubbling just below the surface recently have been rumors that at least three members of the TCU football program, including two starters, would not be a part of the Horned Frogs football team when the 2012 season kicked off. Specifically, running back Ed Wesley has been rumored to be off the team.
Unfortunately, it appears the speculation as it pertains to Wesley is on the mark.
In a feature on head coach Gary Patterson posted very late Saturday night, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram‘s Randy Galloway confirmed that Wesley “will leave school because of family reasons.” Despite the lengthy piece, however, the coach did not specifically address Wesley’s situation, at least in quotes utilized by Galloway for the article.
An email sent to TCU seeking clarification on Wesley’s status has yet to be answered.
Wesley led the team in rushing in 2010 (1,078 yards), and finished second last year (726) and third in 2009 (638). He’s scored 24 touchdowns in that span, including 21 on the ground.
While the loss of Wesley would certainly be a significant one, it’s not exactly a death knell for the Frogs’ running game. Wesley was one of three TCU backs who finished the 2011 season with at least 700 yards rushing, and both of those two — Waymon James (led the team with 875 yards) and Matthew Tucker (702) — will be back this season.
Galloway also mentioned that an unnamed backup linebacker will not be with the Frogs in 2012 due to academic issues, which was actually the rumor surrounding Wesley. Additionally, a potential starter at offensive tackle, Nykiren Wellington, has already been confirmed to have moved on to the JUCO level.