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Former Horned Frog QB Casey Pachall rips TCU program

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TCU hasn’t been the same since it moved up from the Mountain West to the Big 12.

Just-graduated Horned Frog quarterback Casey Pachall thinks he knows why.

“There is zero leadership,” Pachall told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram last week. “Nobody wants to step up and take charge of anything. It’s rough. That is why they have the stuff they did. I still love those guys. Maybe they made mistakes, everybody does. I’m not putting those people down at all. They are still my good friends. Things are going to happen and as a team they need somebody to step up.”

The Horned Frogs went 47-5 in their four seasons before joining the Big 12, including a 13-0 season in 2010. Since then, they’ve gone 11-14.

Certainly, making the jump to a more competitive conference is a big part of it. But the intermittent turmoil in the program — some of it involving Pachall — hasn’t made things any easier for Gary Patterson’s team.

To be clear, Pachall is putting most of the blame on the players, not the coaching staff.

“It’s one of those things where every now and then you may say something to a teammate, and it may make them mad, but when they sit down and think about it they know it was sincere and it wasn’t getting on your ass,” Pachall said. “A lot of these guys don’t want to speak up, they just want to blend in with the crowd. They want to be cool with their teammates, instead of getting on them and getting something going.”

It could be that what used to fly in the Mountain West doesn’t fly in the Big 12. But TCU is a former Southwest Conference program and has the heritage and mentality to eventually adjust to the move.

However, if Pachall is right, Patterson might have to do a bit of house cleaning before he sees some adequate results.

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12 Responses to “Former Horned Frog QB Casey Pachall rips TCU program”
  1. gorilladunk says: Feb 24, 2014 6:12 PM

    Guys, like Casey, who create turmoil on and off the field for the school that has afforded them a free education and a chance to make a handsome living need to shut the hell up. The issues he faced (and brought upon himself) surely provided ZERO leadership for the TCU program. He needs to just go away and get another tattoo.

  2. chc4 says: Feb 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    His DUIs and substance abuse issues didn’t help. Not exactly great leadership from the starting QB. He should look in the mirror before ripping anyone else.

  3. thegonz13 says: Feb 24, 2014 6:14 PM

    How easy it is to rip a team once you’re gone…

    As the leader of the offense, a QB’s job is to step up. Pachall hasn’t done much since coming back from his stint in rehab. Maybe he should start by looking at himself instead of criticizing others.

  4. lolnfl says: Feb 24, 2014 6:38 PM

    whenever you’re in a big state like texas, there’s a pecking order…tcu is getting the guys nobody else wants. now there’s a reason everyone else passed on them and it’s not always because of talent. that’s just the risk gary patterson has to take when trying to compete with texas, oklahoma, texas a&m, alabama, lsu, baylor, texas tech, etc for players.

  5. mogogo1 says: Feb 24, 2014 6:58 PM

    So, the drunk driver who also admitted to using cocaine and ecstacy thinks all the OTHER players were lacking in leadership?

  6. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 24, 2014 7:19 PM

    A real leader wouldn’t wait to leave the program to say this.

    And he wouldn’t say it in public.

  7. lbijake says: Feb 24, 2014 8:04 PM

    That is why they have the stuff they did. I still love those guys. Maybe they made mistakes, everybody does. I’m not putting those people down at all.
    What a wimp. Stabbing your supposed friends in the back after you leave the program. Wonder how the wimp treats his enemies.

  8. panayoti says: Feb 24, 2014 10:10 PM

    Things are even worse for WVU. Who is to blame here? Players? Coaches? Schedule? AD? O-Line? Secondary? Special Teams? Fan support 1500 miles away? Pep Band? Finger pointing doesn’t help the program Casey. At least you had a real coach.

  9. chinahand11 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:53 PM

    Casey, you’re messed up, buddy. You need to hike through the Himalayas or something and get the heck away from everyone. I wish you could hear yourself.
    (1) You went through rehab and now know what you did wrong. (2) You have deep concerns about your former teammates so you want to help them. (3) You figure the best way to help them all at once is to lay out their faults in public and blame them for crappy leadership without taking responsibility. (4) If I were you I would first off buy some hiking boots and a ticket to India…..

  10. JT says: Feb 25, 2014 12:43 AM

    Casey gone and still making noise I see!!

  11. ancientcougar says: Feb 25, 2014 9:49 AM

    I liked Answer “D”

    The one way to downgrade the pesky(for Texas) TCU program was to absorb them into the Big 12 and have them recruit for the same guys as the Big 2 plus 1(A&M). They can’t do it right now. Every once in a while they might, but like Baylor they won’t be able to threaten year in and year out.

  12. ipskipskyblue says: Dec 8, 2014 4:04 PM

    He forgot to sign it London Fletcher.

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