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Change in Pachall’s status? ‘Not at this point’

TCU Pachall DWI Arrest AP

A handful of days before TCU’s Big 12 game with Iowa State Saturday, Casey Pachall decided to put himself ahead of both the good of his team and the safety of the general public by deciding to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive while (allegedly) drunk.

The starting quarterback was suspended indefinitely for the Cyclones game, with his absence playing a significant role in snapping the nation’s longest winning streak and, subsequently, his team tumbling out of the Associated Press poll.  Whether that indefinite suspension will — or should — remain in place beyond this past weekend remains to be seen.

When asked about Pachall’s status and whether it’s changed, Gary Patterson said Sunday “not at this point.”  Those comments came after the head coach had met with TCU’s chancellor and athletic director regarding the Pachall situation.

While Patterson was not forthcoming as far as Pachall’s short- and long-term status with the team is concerned, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram intimated that the starter is not long for the program, at least as far as the 2012 season is concerned.  And as far as some powerful officials at the school are concerned as well, apparently.

It does not sound as if Pachall is going to be back this season,” Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram wrote Sunday. “According to sources, there is intense pressure from the top to uphold this suspension, at the least.”

Prior to his arrest, Pachall was rated in the top five in the country in passing efficiency.  Also prior to his arrest and prior to the start of the 2012 season, Pachall admitted to police during the course of their investigation into a drug sweep involving TCU football players that he had failed a university-administered drug test, and had used marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine in the previous several months.

Your mileage may vary as far as what TCU, in its first year in the Big 12, should do with their unquestioned offensive leader when the totality of his recent past is taken into consideration.

The school’s mileage?  That odometer could be read as early as Tuesday.

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14 Responses to “Change in Pachall’s status? ‘Not at this point’”
  1. florida727 says: Oct 8, 2012 9:59 AM

    I hope Patterson doesn’t cave in to the pressure of “winning at all costs”. He’s already cost his team any outside shot it had at an undefeated season and place in a BCS bowl. Now let HIM suffer some loss of his own. Sit him the rest of the season. Time to learn the hard lesson of accountability for your own wrong choices. If nothing else, maybe it’ll benefit him later in life.

  2. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 8, 2012 10:06 AM

    JT, not related to this story, but where is the Fifth Quarter? I miss reading it, and you should have some good story lines with some of the top 25 matchups that happened, and FSU being FSU.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:07 AM

    This is really sad. My son is 42 and he looks younger than this guy. When will people see what alcohol does to them? The Bible says that there is nothing on earth that is evil in and of itself. Therefore, we make evil out of what we have. Surely people should know by now that alcohol should not be downed by the gallons. Nor should we drive afterwards. How old do we have to get to figure these things out? Obviously this young man needs help more than he needs to play football.

  4. blueoval390 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:45 AM

    Regardless of what the bible says, this story is about what happens to the kid. If his coach had the cajones to stand up, he would have sent the guy packing back in February when he failed the drug tests. That’s what happens in programs that won’t tolerate such things. Ask all the guys that played for OU under Bob Stoops.

  5. florida727 says: Oct 8, 2012 11:01 AM

    “myopinion…”, JT sent out a post last week saying there would be no Fifth Quarter this week. I think it said he was moving into his new “headquarters” :)

    “mountaineer”, you said, “The Bible says that there is nothing on earth that is evil in and of itself.” Not sure which Bible you read, but you ought to try looking at Genesis chapter 6. v6:5-6… “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.”

  6. mountaineer50415 says: Oct 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    Your verse is talking about man. The one I quoted was talking about things. Things are not evil in and of themselves. People, man, make things evil. God does not contridict Himself.

  7. inconsonance says: Oct 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    Will you two amateur theologians take the bible study bullshit somewhere else? There’s a place for discussing religion, and a football site ain’t it.

  8. blueoval390 says: Oct 8, 2012 2:35 PM

    Thank you! I’m not sure why so many people have to drag politics and superstition into every story.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 8, 2012 2:54 PM

    Well, to be fair, those amateur theologians are discussing an athlete from Texas CHRISTIAN University ;-)

  10. blueoval390 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:01 PM

    Where is down and distance discussed? Old Testament or New?

  11. mountaineer50415 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:04 PM

    To blueoval390 and incinsonance. Sorry, did not mean to force an intellectual conversation onto the mentally challenged. I do pray you learn the difference between superstition and God’s word before you shut your eyes for the last time. It doesn’t matter if it is the Bible or Physics. One should not enter a conversation unless he knows someting about the subject. You have both shown fear of the unknown.

  12. blueoval390 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:20 PM

    Your bringing the bible up in this conversation hardly constitutes anything “intellectual”.

  13. latchbeam says: Oct 8, 2012 6:17 PM

    Neither does your criticism of it…

  14. latchbeam says: Oct 8, 2012 6:18 PM

    If he were a QB. in the Big Ten, the team would have to fire its coach, vacate wins and he would be suspended 8 games by the NCAA

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