Four TCU Horned Frogs players were arrested on drug charges as part of a six-month campus sweep that also netted 13 other students, according to a Wednesday morning police press conference. Fort Worth and TCU police were in charge of the sweep, with the DEA also reportedly being involved. In a statement, TCU chancellor Victor Boschini said, "TCU has never before experienced a magnitude of student arrests such as this."
An investigation is ongoing as to whether the four players were dealing to teammates. We don't know the names of the players yet, but expect that to be revealed soon. The Fulmer Cup implications are already staggering. All this a day after the school got to see its name on its first Big 12 football schedule.
Below, the statement from TCU:
Early today the Fort Worth Police Department and TCU Campus Police concluded an investigation into drug selling on and around campus that unfortunately led to the arrest of many current TCU students.
While this news is certainly shocking and disappointing, it is important to remember that TCU has clear expectations for its students: that they behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law. These students are charged with acting in a manner that is incompatible with TCU values and against the law. That is simply unacceptable and such reported behavior is not tolerated at this University.
We have a responsibility to ensure that our campus environment is free of such behavior. Today's actions highlight that responsibility. The students involved were immediately separated from TCU and criminally trespassed from campus. Further, according to University policy, students arrested and found in violation of distributing drugs are subject to immediate expulsion from TCU.
TCU has never before experienced a magnitude of student arrests such as this. In fact, Campus Police records show only five student arrests related to drug law violations in recent years. I have asked our vice chancellor for student affairs, Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull, to examine whether any new programs or procedures need to be implemented to curtail this type of behavior in the future. The Fort Worth Police Department also has offered to help in these efforts.
Today's events have forever changed the lives of the involved students, and we hope they will find a healthy way to move forward. Also, the next couple of weeks will be tough for the TCU family. There is no doubt that it will hurt to see our name associated with this type of behavior. But we must not allow this moment to define us. We must remember that we are overwhelmingly a community of dedicated students, faculty and staff and focused on changing the world through our collective work and commitment to leadership.
Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.