15 Texas Christian University ("TCU") students, 4 of which were football players, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of selling drugs, according to an article on cnn.com.
Among the football players arrested were two defensive starters as well as a junior defensive player who sat out most of the 2011 season with an injury, but was the team's leading tackler back in 2010. TCU finished ranked 14th in the final Associated Press poll with its most notable win coming against then undefeated Boise State University.
The 15 students illegally sold marijuana and other drugs such as cocaine, Ecstasy, acid and prescription drugs to undercover policemen during a six-month investigation launched after authorities received complaints of drug sales on the TCU campus.
TCU Police Chief Steve Mcgee reported that all of the arrested students were "engaged in hand-to-hand delivery for money with undercover agents."
TCU officials have since suspended the students from campus, class, and school activities, pending the outcome of their respective cases. Moreover, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests could come in the next few days.
The 15 students were among 19 people for whom arrest warrants were issued as part of the investigation. 18 have now been arrested including the 15 TCU students, not 17 as the initial reports erroneously indicated Wednesday.
The four football players: junior linebacker Tanner Brock, 21; junior defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, 20; junior safety Devin Johnson, 21; and sophomore offensive tackle Ty Horn, 21 were all arrested on preliminary charges of delivery of marijuana according to the arrest warrants released by the Fort Worth Police Department.
The students operated in several groups and the cops are still unsure whether all of the sales were part of one large scheme.
TCU A.D. Chris Del Conte issued a statement stating that this type of criminal conduct will not be tolerated from TCU student-athletes.
Brock, the linebacker, was an SI.com honorable-mention All-American after leading the Horned Frogs in tackles and fumble recoveries in 2010. But he was limited to one game as a junior, sitting out most of the season with an injured foot. Johnson, the safety, started eight games in 2011, recording 47 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Yendrey, the defensive tackle, played in every game this past season and was an honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference selection, recording three sacks and 39 tackles.
This marks the third time this year that a football player has been arrested in connection with drug sales. The other 2 were NFL players Jerome Simpson and Sam Hurd. Simpson a Cincinnati Bengals Wide-Receiver plead not-guilty to marijuana trafficking charges last month. While Hurd, a former receiver of the Chicago Bears, was arrested back in December when he attempted to purchase a large quantity of drugs which authorities believe he intended to sell.
This story is a very serious blow to the TCU football program. However, although not acceptable, this incident is a little bit easier to comprehend from students living on a stipend check rather than NFL players who make hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This case is far from over, but if the police really do have accounts of the players personally delivering drugs to undercover agents it looks like this should be an open and shut case.
Additionally, if the allegations are true TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson will need to make an example of these players if he is going to retain the respect of his existing players and the support from the Fort Worth community.
We'll see what happens as the upcoming investigation begins to unfold.
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