Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pachall to Enter Rehab, Withdraw From TCU

Casey Pachall's weird, turbulent TCU career took another unexpected turn last week when he was suspended following a DWI arrest. Now it appears the Pachall era in Fort Worth has officially come to an end.

Head coach Gary Patterson met with reporters yesterday and confirmed that Pachall would be entering an inpatient rehabilitation program scheduled to last between 30 and 60 days. To complete the program Pachall has to withdraw from TCU, but Patterson and school officials confirmed he'd be eligible to enroll in the future and would still be allowed to return to the team if he met NCAA requirements.

This is the latest, and hopefully last, in a string of off-field issues that have marred the Horned Frogs first season in the Big 12. In February 17 students, including four football players, were arrested following a massive drug sting and six-month investigation. The story resurfaced a month later when several football players were officially charged and kicked out of school, and again in August when a source confirmed that Pachall failed a drug test administered by the NCAA after the drug investigation concluded.

The Horned Frogs started the season 4-0, but dropped their conference home opener to Iowa State without Pachall last week. With Baylor, Oklahoma State, and four Top 15 teams remaining on the schedule things might get a lot worse in Fort Worth before they get better.

(Photo: SB Nation)

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