TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson, whose team is now down three major contributors and another who could've competed for a starting job, issued a statement Wednesday. TCU's campus, in case you haven't heard, was the target of a six-month, multi-department drug investigation that has netted 17 arrests so far for the distribution of pretty much every drug you've ever heard of and whatever "mollies" are.
Arrest warrants accused three of the four players of "selling hydroponic marijuana to TCU students and football players from a house in the 3400 block of Brady Avenue."
"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days. As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I'm mad.
"Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU's student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University. I believe strongly that young people's lives are more important than wins or losses.
"This situation isn't unique to TCU - it is a global issue that we all have to address. This isn't just about bad decisions made by a small percentage of my team. It is about a bigger issue across this country and world.
"As a coach, I do the best I can to educate members of my team. We have programs in place that teach student-athletes about what they should and shouldn't do and how to be successful in life. I talk to them about how to be students and upstanding men that uphold the TCU name and its traditions.
"At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved."