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TCU QB Casey Pachall will not play the remainder of the season

TCU Pachall DWI Arrest AP

TCU coach Gary Patterson was expected to address the suspension of starting quarterback Casey Pachall today during a press conference. And, indeed, it has fallen in line with what Texas safety and former high school teammate Kenny Vaccaro said Monday.

Pachall will be taking time off and will not play for TCU the rest of the 2012 season. Pachall has dis-enrolling from the university this semester and will enroll in a drug/alcohol treatment center. There is an option for him to return during the upcoming spring. Pachall is a redshirt junior and has one season of eligibility left.

We want to make sure we can make this turn into a positive,” Patterson said. “Casey’s parents, Casey and I, we all agreed that there was only one way to change the path he was on – to step away from it.

“I don’t think (suspending Pachall) one game or three games would have made any difference. You have to change a kid’s life. For us this was the best decision, for both of us. We both get a chance to heal. We are going to still try to win games; we won them before we had Casey Pachall as quarterback.”

Pachall was suspended indefinitely last week after being arrested on a suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Pachall has previously admitted to failing a drug test and using cocaine. For all involved, there’s no doubt this decision is the right one.

Replacing Pachall will be backup Trevone Boykin. In a 37-23 loss to Iowa State last Saturday — the first game without Pachall this season — Boykin threw three interceptions.

(Hat tip: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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10 Responses to “TCU QB Casey Pachall will not play the remainder of the season”
  1. blitz4848 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:02 PM

    Kudos to coach Patterson and TCU.

  2. southernpatriots says: Oct 9, 2012 2:04 PM

    I am glad hear that Coach Patterson, Casey’s parents, and Casey have agreed upon the course of action to be in a drug/alchohol treatment program. It is best to get control of this illness/addiction in his life and get his life straight before considering other things. The same is true with our outstanding player Tyrann Mathieu.

    Our best to Casey for a full recovery and sobriety.

    I’m looking forward to the Cowboy Classic to kick off next season!

  3. scoops1 says: Oct 9, 2012 3:11 PM

    Joe Kane is flabbergasted over this

  4. pricecube says: Oct 9, 2012 3:28 PM

    We may not win another game this year but that is okay. I respect CGP’s decision. It is probably the best thing for our program long term as well as for Pachall. I hope he gets his head straight. He is very talented.

  5. ezwriter69 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:47 PM

    Maybe if the oh so noble and honorable Coach Patterson and TCU had done ANYTHING the first time, there wouldn’t have been a second… and they might have been able to get another QB ready. I don’t think Patterson and TCU deserve any praise for this, the LEAST they should have done, after giving him NO real consequences before for the same offense. Why WOULDN’T he have felt immune and entitled?

  6. intergalacticbronco says: Oct 10, 2012 12:32 AM


    Always someone else’s fault, huh?

  7. pricecube says: Oct 10, 2012 2:28 AM


    “I don’t think Patterson and TCU deserve any praise for this, the LEAST they should have done, after giving him NO real consequences before for the same offense.”

    The same offense? Do you even know what you are talking about? You think failing a pee test is the “same offense” as getting tagged by the police with a DUI? One has no legal ramifications… the other gets you sent straight to jail for a minimum of a day or two and has pretty serious consequences. You are an imbecile.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 10, 2012 6:47 AM


    I traveled across the state of Louisiana yesterday to help the southernpatriots family to get some evacuated families back into their homes after Isaac flooding. During our work the doc of the family asked me if I had heard of this situation and I have been working so hard I had not heard the latest news. Came to CFT and found this story and thread.

    I was going to set the record straight on this thread, but you did so much better. Thanks.

    Like the doc said about CFT: “There are some bloggers who do not take truth very well.”

  9. pricecube says: Oct 10, 2012 1:20 PM


    Thanks for that!

    Louisiana cannot catch a break… repeated hurricanes… the Macondo well… the sink hole I am now hearing about etc. It puts things in perspective.

    College football is a welcome and wonderful distraction…

    Hope Pachall gets it together and this story has a happy ending somewhere down the road…. wherever he lands.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 10, 2012 1:36 PM


    You are so right. I watched the volunteers who worked so many days and so many more hours that day than I did, the point of exhaustion but continue. I asked several why they were doing it, and they answered, “We are used to it.” I don’t know if I could get used to things like that.

    The Southernpatriots family set up a huge screen tv with generators and a popcorn machine and hot dog roaster for the evacuees to watch the LSU Tigers and the Saints and all the folks had tears in their eyes when they saw the set up. I never realized how important the distraction was for the mental health of those folks. They just relaxed and laughed and had a good time, especially with the Saints first win of the season and with Brees surpassing Johnny U’s record. Maybe even LSU might rise up and defeat a team which is much better than they are (South Carolina) right now in a few more days?

    For a few hours they could forget the mess they face in cleaning out their homes, tearing out the bottom two to three feet of their wallboard throughout their homes and putting up fans, spraying the inside walls, ripping out their floors, etc. That all has to be done BEFORE they move back in and so much to be done AFTER they move back in.

    You are so right about Pachall. The situation with The Honey Badger made me sensitive to this situation with Pachall. Both have a difficult road ahead, at least for awhile. I wish them the best “down the road…whereever he(they) land” as well.

    Just a side bar on the Gulf Coastal Louisianans, before Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac, their average home insurance was about $1700 per year. Most insurance companies have left the state. The few that remain charge for the same coverage $8700 per year. That devastates a family’s budget, especially the elderly on limited income.

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