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.