This week, the release of the Big 12 football schedule has generated major news in college football.
The release of the schedule obviously generated great excitement on Tuesday in the WVU and TCU communities, the two newest members of the league. The fan bases of both schools are eager to replace Missouri and Texas A & M.
Now, the euphoria of Tuesday has been tempered in Fort Worth. Just one day after the schedule release, the announcement came that four Horned Frog football players have been arrested in a campus drug sweep. This was a very thorough investigation by the authorities.
Authorities are still determining if the four players, linebacker Tanner Brock, offensive lineman Ty Horn, defensive back Devin Johnson and defensive lineman D. J. Yendrey were selling drugs to teammates. "We were not targeting students, fraternities or football players. We were targeting drug dealers," Capt. Ken Dean said at the press conference. Brock, Yendrey and Johnson were Horned Frog starters. Brock led the team in tackles in 2010.
Now, on the eve of their first season in the Big 12, and just over a week ago from the start of spring football practice, TCU could be looking at a potentially devastating situation. In a McClatchey newspaper story, an undercover officer was told by Johnson that 82 TCU players recently failed a surprise drug test.
Are you kidding me? 82 players!!! How deep will this go? Will the Horned Frogs be a shell of a program when the come to Morgantown to play on Nov. 3?
TCU head coach Gary Patterson has to be sick. Patterson is one of the hottest coaches in the country and has a reputation as one of the better defensive minds in the country. He has turned down many other job offers to stay in Fort Worth. I am looking forward to see the defensive mind of Patterson against the offensive brilliance of Dana Holgorsen in November.
Now you have to wonder what lies ahead for TCU football. How far reaching will this story go?
I may be really jumping the gun here, but something doesn’t feel right about this story. It feels like this problem could get worse before it gets better. Who knows what kind of a team will be standing on the visiting sideline in Morgantown on Nov. 3.