TCU football players among 15 students accused of drug dealing
TCU linebacker Tanner Brock was the team's leading tackler in 2010 before sitting out most of 2011.
February 15th, 2012
08:33 PM ET

TCU football players among 15 students accused of drug dealing

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this report included a photo that showed two football players. Player number 59 was not among those accused of drug dealing by police. We regret the error.

[Updated at 11:08 a.m. ET Thursday] Fifteen Texas Christian University students, including four members of its Top 25 football team, were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of selling drugs, the school and police said.

The football players include two defensive starters for last season's squad, which was No. 14 in the final Associated Press poll, plus a junior linebacker who sat out most of 2011 with an injury but was the team's leading tackler in 2010.

The 15 illegally sold marijuana or other drugs, including cocaine, Ecstasy, acid and prescription medicine, to undercover officers during a six-month investigation launched after authorities received complaints about drug activity, TCU Police Chief Steve McGee told reporters Wednesday.

"There is no doubt that all of those arrested today are drug dealers," said McGee, who added that the selling happened on and off the Fort Worth campus. "These individuals engaged in hand-to-hand delivery for money with undercover agents."

School officials said TCU has banned the students from campus, class and school activities, pending the outcome of their cases. TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said a vice chancellor will "determine what is going to happen to those students, following this."

"What they did, to be honest, is simply unacceptable. This behavior, when reported, is never tolerated at our university," Boschini said at a news conference with McGee and other officials.

An investigation by university and city police continues, and more arrests could come, Boschini said.

The 15 students were among 19 people for whom arrest warrants were issued as part of the probe, Fort Worth police and TCU said late Wednesday. Eighteen of the 19 were arrested Wednesday. Earlier, the school said 17 students were arrested, but "upon further examination of student records, it appears that 15 were students this semester and four were not," TCU spokeswoman Lisa Albert said.

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 arrested on preliminary charges of delivery of marijuana. Johnson and Brock face felonies, according to arrest warrants released by the Fort Worth Police Department.

Other arrestees face preliminary charges of felony or misdemeanor charges of delivery of marijuana or delivery of a controlled substance, according to Fort Worth police.

The students operated in several groups, and it's not clear whether those groups were connected, a Fort Worth police officer said at the news conference.

Albert said the students' ban from class and activities will remain until the cases are adjudicated. After the judicial process determines whether they are guilty, they "can face a disciplinary process on campus which could result in expulsion," Albert said.

The ban on extracurricular activities includes intercollegiate athletics, Albert said. The four arrested football players were not on the team's online roster Wednesday afternoon.

Head coach Gary Patterson said he was shocked, hurt and then mad after he heard of the arrests Wednesday morning.

"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," Patterson said on the school's athletics website. "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."

TCU Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said he "will not tolerate behavior that reflects poorly on TCU, the athletics department, our teams or other student-athletes within the department."

"We have an excellent athletics program at TCU, and an indicator of that excellence is the fact that we will not tolerate criminal conduct among our student-athletes," Del Conte said in his online statement.

The arrests come months before the football team, coming off an 11-2 season, prepares to start its first year in the Big 12 conference.

Brock, the linebacker, was an SI.com honorable-mention All-American after leading the Horned Frogs in tackles and fumble recoveries as a sophomore 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.

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  1. sillybean

    GREAT, we're going to take the .1% of the drug dealers/users that exist on a college campus, waste millions prosecuting them, millions incarcerating them, and millions following them for probation, parole, etc and all the people they were selling drugs to will still be getting high... Now, instead of college educated men who have the potential to become tax paying citizens, we'll have drop outs with criminal records... You can't punish the few for a crime committed by 99.99% of the population and you'll waste youth, time, and opportunity trying. Just sayin...

    February 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • stupid bean

      yes millions will be spent prosecuting these kids and millions on probation. Do you know anything about the legal system at all. You can't take facts that apply to the failed drug war for the nation as a whole and apply those facts to a specific situation involving 15 kids. Thats called extremely exaggerating, and yes when you commit a felony you get a criminal record, and no 99.99% of the country doesn't sell ounces of weed, just saying...

      February 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • duckforcover

      We certainly can't prosecute these young men! After all, they are athletes AND Christians. They can't be held to the same rules and laws as the rest of us. They must go on the the "pros" where we can worship them and give millions of dollars to them.

      February 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cwoer98

    I Went to TCU and as tough as this is the University did what they could to get ride of drugs on campus. You are all kidding yourself if you do not think this is going on to some degree at every Colege or University in America.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. babs

    T(etrahydro)C(annabinol)U(niv)

    February 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kynyth

    God enjoys a nice toke now and then..........

    February 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SChris

    @KANA & S&M MAN
    NCAA collegiate athletes almost always aren't allowed to have part time jobs, I would imagine that TCU with its dedication to football likely doesn't allow its athletes either. These kids may be on full rides and they do get their meals provided, but if they have no source of income and can't get jobs its not surprising that they'll turn to drugs.

    Its not the most morale or ethical thing, but I think part of the problem lies with our stance towards drugs. Take alcohol or cigs, how many people do you now that sell either of those to make a living? (obviously a liquor store is a different story) Also, how much money from alcohol and cigs goes to gangs or cartels? NONE. The people that they sell to are going to do drugs either way. Take my liquor store example, if an owner refuses to sell alcohol on the grounds that it is immorale, then people will simply go to another liquor store. However, unless you think liquor store owners should be locked up like these kids youre being hypocritical. Alcohol and tobacco kills as many people as any other drug. It doesn't come from cartels or gangs because its legal, the same way these drugs could be if they were viewed in the same light.I'm not endorsing anything but it is a double standard.

    And for the christian part, I really have nothing to say for that. Being religous doesn't necessarily make you a better person in my eyes. From what I understand you can still go to TCU and not be christian.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BW

      The issue is probably less about the drugs and more about the illegal selling of illegal drugs. Similar to the Liquor store, if the owner sells the liquor to minors, it is the illegality and not the morality of the crime.

      February 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimbo

    Looks like they were decent football players and the only thing holding them back are the stupid laws and not the drugs themselves. HMmmmmm.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joey

    was jerry sandusky the coach ?

    February 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ron Long

    Your heading read: " Filed under: College football • Crime • Drugs • Football • Marijuana • Texas" (I worked in a Library)
    I think it should read "Filed under: College football • Crime • Drugs • Football"
    Are these all synonyms? It's not just TCU! Don't just pick on TCU. Pick on FOOTBALL, and al-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l- the other areas where Performance Enhancement Substances may be used. E-e-e-e-e-van a CNN reporter!!! I know a beauy contestant, who used Steroids and Speed, years ago, in a Miss NC pageant.
    Investigate AL-L-L-L of the College Football programs, and many, many professions that may be accused of the same.
    That'll fill up these 24hr news Networks!!!!!!!

    February 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • rlowens

      Marijuana and cocaine are NOT performance enhancing drugs.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OnTheRoad

    The school should require every student jock to undergo another drug test with the next 48 hours or be suspended from school. If they do not past the test then they should be expelled from school!

    February 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • rlowens

      Spoken like a true Nazi. You do realize that there has never been a death attributed to the use of marijuana, don't you? Not one.

      Go clean the sand out of your underwear. Those kids don't deserve to have their lives ruined as a casualty of the failed war on drugs.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    About time those meathead jocks did something useful. Where were they when I was in college? Probably slapping each others butts, drinking beer and banging chicks with bad hair and faint mustaches. At least these boys finally woke up and did something of value.

    February 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rlowens

    So, they were selling drugs for Jesus? You know, if those drugs had been legal, those kids would probably have had legitimate jobs to make money, instead of selling drugs. And, too, their little lives would not have been ruined over this nonsense.

    I fault the clowns who continue to fight a failed war on drugs, and not the kids who were exploiting that ignorance for financial gain.

    February 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sammy sozo

    Selling drugs of any kind in Texas? You'd have to be young and stupid to do that. Texas has no tolerance for that kind of activity. But executions? As we all know they lead the league in that department. Maybe they could secede from the union or something.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Theend

    I think it's interesting that Texas Christian University / TCU opened their student files and revealed the results of the routine NCAA student-athlete drugs tests. Many universities, such as Michigan State University, use FERPA - Family Education Rights and Privacy Act - to protect their prized athletes from legal prosecution. I attended a family education meeting at the MSU athletic department where staff promised parents they would not share the results of student-athlete drug testing with the local police, but send student-athletes with substance abuse problems to seek counseling/medical treatment.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ah ha

    Heh drugs are all through our culter and everydays lives, may be it's time to make em legal and we all can more on.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • falcon

      Will you please clarify your statement? I'm having a difficult time understanding it.

      February 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DTHOMAS

      all through our "culter?" ...."and everydays lives"......"may be it's time to make em legal and we all can more on."

      To tell you the truth – I think you have been a "moron" for a long time, even prior to you post.

      Did you happen to attend the same college these other "morons" were attending?

      "Ah ha" must have gone to the University of "Get er' dun."

      February 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • SPENT

      The correct grammatical format is a lower case 'u' unless followed by the name of the institution. Don't throw stones!

      February 17, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sawwy Chalie

    War on Drugs is an abject failure. Great place to cut the budget. Who cares what cops say – they aren't cops because they didn't like the idea of being rocket scientists...

    February 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      What???

      February 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
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