Seventeen Texas Christian University students were arrested on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting, four of whom were members of the TCU Horned Frogs football team.
All 17 arrest warrant affidavits from the drug bust are available here. It was the explosive claim that 82 players failed Gary Patterson's surprise Feb. 1 drug test that is making the most headlines. One TCU player has denied that claim and now the university is distancing itself from that number as well, saying that such claims could never be proven:
"The comments about failed drug tests made by the separated players in affidavits cannot be verified simply because they were made in the context of a drug buy," the school said. Patterson declined to answer questions beyond his prepared statement.
TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr. also released his own statement, drawing a line in the sand in how the school will deal with the offenders:
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.
Meanwhile, some of the TCU players arrested are beginning to leave jail and make their own, uh, statements:
TCU star linebacker Tanner Brock just yelled obscenities at reporters when he came out of the jail.— Jane McGarry (@TheJaneMcGarry) February 15, 2012