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. Incredible

    There may actually be a link between America's insatiable desire for mind altering drugs and desire for educating that mind. Hmmm. Maybe we should have Dr's prescribing education, or bundle student loans with drug purchases and get a volume discount.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. WhatAreTheyHiding

    If Coach Patterson is intolerant of drug use, why does he and the Christian University admins continue to hide the results of the team's drug test two weeks ago? If possibly 82 football players on the team failed that drug test, shouldn't parents and the rest of the public have a right to know?

    February 16, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Incredible

    @Planetjaveleo. You can get the same drugs from your doctor that you can get from your street dealer. Same drug, different name. And if you don't think that many many doctors don't prescribe drugz for personal profit just as street dealers do, you are ignorant of the facts. The USA spends more on mind-altering pharmaceuticals than they spend on national defense. (a statistic, not a mere opinion) How is it you think being strung-out on oxycotin or xanax is any better than heroin or cocaine?

    February 16, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Emmanuel Goldstien

      I am a recovering addict and there is a HUGE difference between oxycontin or xanax and heroin. Oxy and xanax can be deadly, of course, but heroin is a totally different beast

      February 16, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      Emmanuel, the point here is that Doctor's are just certified drug dealers. They can "prescribe" drugs like oxy, xanax, vicodine, etc and they make tons of money from the drug companys because they are pushing their drugs. They hide behind the legality of the process, even though the drugs they prescribe can kill people. And people dealing Marijuana go to jail........hypocrisy

      February 16, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Talented People Getting High

    Who would've thought you could be a talented athlete and still use marijuana.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • sdfs

      As I am sure you know, people have this outdated concept of MJ. Back in the day when it had a lot more inactive cannabinoids (remember the munchies?) and had a lot more CBD it would get you stoned and you had a far-out feeling. Today it's a lot more THC and a lot less everything else, plus people increasingly use vaporizers which further isolate the THC. MJ is not the same stuff it was in the 60s. It's a lot more like a speed and makes you want to be active.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      wow, time to take that head out of your behind

      February 16, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Vco

      Yeah, the Sativas definitely will get you up and moving but a lot of Indica strains which are preferred by a lot of the medical users has couch locked – catch my drift, affect. I only hear this stuff from highly functional and colorful people. Of course not from experience. Hell, the people that allow these laws to be enforced must be on more dope than the ones suffering from their oppression. Let adults in a free nation be free with themselves and not just in the lyrics of patriotic songs.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      "It's a lot more like a speed and makes you want to be active."

      lol what? maybe certain strains will make you feel this way, but most of the weed I have smoked gives me the "couch lock" high that I am looking for.

      February 16, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. TCU Christian Football Program

    How many players are really pagans in disguise?

    February 16, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Johnson

    What are the other students' names?

    February 16, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. M

    Would this even be a story on CNN or any of the other big news sites if it happened at a big school like LSU, FSU, UT - or if it happened at any school similiar in size to TCU? I'm agnostic, but I think the only reason this is even making the newscycle is because it is Texas Christian University.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Realitybites

      Absolutely not true. I can name USC (Reggie Bush), Ohio State (Head coach and several players), University of Oklahoma (in the distant past), etc, etc. All top 10 non-Christian Universities who've been mired by scandal. I think you're way off on the Christian conspiracy thing.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robert Brunner

    Certainly against prison terms for drug users but it is difficult for me to understand the logistics of legalized recreational drugs. So it would be for people 21 and over and the illegal market would be the teens and law enforcement efforts would still be required for that demographic. Laws related to drugs within the near proximity of a school would need to change since the drugs are legal. Somewhat unlike alcohol, drugs can stay in the system fairly long. If one uses all weekend and on Monday goes to work with drugs in their system can they still legally operate equipment or monitor a nuclear facility? It seems they would be permitted since the drugs are legal when they aren't at work. Would there need to be constant drug screening to make sure that by the time one arrived at work, none of the recreational drug levels exceeded some limit? It doesn't appear practical in the sense that there would need to be a whole new and uncharted set of regulations. If something goes wrong when the ship captain has had a big weekend, there still will be lawsuits.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You ever been hung over? Alcohol can stay in your system the next day too. Not only that, but alcohol is far deadlier than a lot of the illegal drugs out there and yet the government has no problem with it because of the revenue derived from it. It's all about the Benjamins, not whether it makes sense or not.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Vco

      Yep, it always comes down to work in this land of promise and joy.Watching our neighbors for the first sign of they are going to stir the pot.What a skewed and jaded republic we have. Just because an element,chemical, or substance shows in a screening doesn't mean it affects your abilities. A person can have prescribed hardcore pharmaceuticals in their system and go to work. It doesn't mean they are less likely than a person who smoked weed the night before to hurt you or themselves. As a Marine, I had a couple episodes of drinking a bit too much and didn't feel myself for two or three days. I guarantee that it alcohol would not have been found in my system. Karl Marx postulated that Communism actually takes place after Capitalism runs it's course and the workers/population begin to break apart, causing temporary chaos. The first symptom is keeping watchful eyes on your neighbors which creates hysteria. Other events take place throughout time and what culminates is a nationalistic workers agenda. Contrary to what we are taught, there has not been a Marxist Communist system, just like their hasn't been a successful capitalist system. They have us trained on watching the wrong people. The reply is relevant to the topic.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil in Oregon

    Did they forget what the 'C' in TCU is? I don't remember Jesus doing any bong hits on the road to Emmaus...

    February 16, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      Thats cuz Jesus smokes Joints.

      February 16, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pimp O Tempe

    I'll buy some off of them, how much for an 8-ball & some valium?

    February 16, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Big Wes

    This only shows that the tuition and cost of living rates are too high for college. In the old days a bag of weed would sell for $10 and that would finance books, etc. Now it is a cottage industry and finances the affluent athlete or someone with a hypo-pituitary gland with grandiose plans for the professional sports. Some coaches just get them hookers.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Vco

    Ahhh, another front on The War on Drugs. These kids must have missed out on D.A.R.E. and the Just Say No Campaign. None of this was prevalent during my times thanks to these programs set out to educate and push drug abstinence. Of course I am kidding. Marijuana, the gateway herb to having your life needlessly ruined by the powers that be, who fail to recognize or at least admit that compared to most legal substances "adults" choose to partake in, causes far less personal and societal ills. Cocaine,Heroine, Ecstasy,etc combined still don't equate the number of deaths and secondary fragmentation if you will caused by our societies approved mind altering substances. On top of that, a legal system that is mired in the muck of enforcing these laws designed for nothing more than to control the actions of the population. The taboo nature caused by the criminalization of drugs feeds the curiosity of the pre-user. The desire takes hold and a person becomes a recreational user or dependent, just like the great mass murderer, nicotine and it's additives. The demand is there so the supply will remain in flux. The basic theory of the invisible hand of economics is all a person needs to familiarize themselves with in order to understand the scope of this issue. In most cases the problem is individual until we decide to gum the gears by involving so many facets of our social infrastructure in something that usually ends arbitrarily and not of any help to the user or society. The black market representative (dealer) remains in the shadows that are created by our Nowbullheaded stance in front of the light of logic....This case in specific identifies all that is wrong. The allure created by the drug subculture and the hyped up thug life romanticism heard on typical Clear Channel Broadcasting has planted seeds in these young peoples minds. Now law enforcement touts a victory in the destruction caused by the normal rebelliousness of 18 -20's college students. Caught in the system, these people will join the ranks of the many who will never have a chance unless they manipulate the design in some form of atonement. Being a Christian school, I should expect leniency and help to be offered to them but that is out of the question. It boils down to cash all the way around. Money for the legal system, money for law enforcement resources, money for the "corrections" system. But, never any money for counseling or rehabilitation. Maybe even money for some serious research into what might just happen if we tinker with these tired and obviously ineffective policies. It is preached a disease until it comes time to make the suits or the "Tough on Crime" megalomaniacs want to parade themselves as victors of these small wins for the ego but huge losses and big chinks out of societies armor. I despair of this backwards mindset.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ducky

    test ...getting blocked or what/...

    February 16, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. dwight watt

    Use some common sense CNN. If the arrested students were separated from the college, then they are separated from the college football team.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ducky

    Jeez... their names are broadcasted on national media over this nonsense? What is happening to people? Get a life, you religious quacks! This makes me so sad that i'm going off to buy me some coke a working girl...btw it's also sad how many hardly offensive words are banned here. See the pope hard at work hand in hand with the cnn crew...

    February 16, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
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