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. R

    Ahhhh... More meat-heads blowing their only chance at making big bucks in life.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • BerlinBear

      Where did TSU come from

      February 16, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tare

    Just another in a long line of reasons why college sports is such a poor use of taxpayers money. They obviously don't get any education – just listen to the pro's talk to the media – they can't even speak the English language!

    February 16, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • drahser

      Good thing you are not generalizing at all.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. planetjavaleo

    Because it's a religious organization perhaps were supposed to let them do as they please under the premise it's Religious freedom?????

    February 16, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • chakmur

      Texas "CHRISTIAN" University!!! True "CHRISTIAN" values...

      February 16, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. planetjavaleo

    Cellege sports is the second largest waste of money in the history of America only second to defense contracts that build "STAR WARS" like lazer weapons that never have worked after trillions of dollars. Military budget isn't waster in of itself, but it's the bundled Billion dollar contracts that add up to TRILLIONS OF DOLLAR'S THAT GO INTO FAT CAT DEFENSE CONTRACTORS POCKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 16, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Hmmmmm

      Calm down. Don't soil yourself, Beavis. It's just some weed arrests. This happens everyday on every campus in the US. It's not worth an aneurysm.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      hmmm: "or other drugs, including cocaine, Ecstasy, acid and prescription medicine"

      February 16, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. TriXen

    hahahaha WOW. And just before yall's first season in the Big 12. Get ready for a stomping, TCU! Your glory days are over. LOL

    February 16, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jimbo

    Who cares? Let them go, it's not a big deal. People make this sort of thing out to be a way bigger deal than it actually is. Our society is so brainwashed by the propoganda the government has been spewing for the last 60 years they have no idea what they are even talking about.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • weedman420

      Right on, Why does everyone hate drugs so much. The drugs are inanimate objects, its the people who have the problems

      February 16, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Face the music

      What are you talking about??? I'm sure there's a "middle school" close to you Dearest Jimbo. Go see if you can do some intervention to prevent this from happening to future generations.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      I could have gotten weed and acid in middle school back in the 90s and I'm sure kids can now. I didn't do them, I had good parents that told me not to and I listened to them. Prohibition does nothing but ruin the lives of the recreational users by taken away their future opportunities. These players seemed to be doing ok with the football team until big brother came along and decided they needed to be locked up.

      February 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Face the music

      Jimbo had good parents??!!! In who's opinion???

      February 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Carl

    Repeal the prohibition on cannabis to eliminate a lot of this........ God made weed for people in need.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. El Flaco

    Let's look on the bright side. No children were molested.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • chakmur

      @EI Flaco, How can we be sure that the actual consumers did not molest anyone? No bright side to this evil!!!

      February 16, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Yeah Chukmar, most marijuana smokers go and molest children when they are high since they can't help themselves when under the influence of the devils weed. Go back to the 50s and watch some more reefer madness.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Face the music

    Every single post on here is ridiculous. Sad to see such a sarcastic society. Where are your manners? The rudeness and tack-i-ness to include, God, children, etc. Shame on all of you. Be real men with integrity and take the higher road. I know some of you will comment on my post, go ahead... it won't bother me one bit. At least you read my post and know I'm right... maybe not today, but you'll grow up and realized it someday!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Your post makes no sense, at least I can understand what others are trying to get across. You just post some nonsense that has no meaning and we don't even have a clue about what your thoughts were on the article. Maybe you schould go back to middle school were they teach students to put their thoughts into words so others can understand them.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    To those complaining about the waste of taxpayer dollars on college sports, you want to know an even bigger waste of taxpayer dollars? A 6 month undercover investigation so that you can arrest 18 kids who sold a little weed to their friends! How much did THAT cost? When are we going to see that the war on drugs is the single biggest drain on our money with the smallest return on investment? How can we so stupidly ignore every single study showing it to be a complete waste of money, waste of effort, and misuse of resources which could be better spent fighting REAL crime? SMH!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    i hope they all get the maxium jail sentence

    February 16, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. PoBoy

    So are we going to blame this on the fact that college players aren't paid? They're just trying to make ends meet in the tough world of college campus life. What a bunch of fools. Get a freakin' education..it's free for you idiots, so take advantage of it!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • BerlinBear

      @PoBoy – Calm down ONLY 4 were student athletes the other 14 were students. Yes it's a shame that any student did this. As long as weed is illegal people will go to jail, just like people went to jail in the 20s when drinking was illegal.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Onthemark

    "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." Really coach? What gave you some high standard of respect. Is there a marker/standard that gave TCU that respect?

    February 16, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • PM Ohio

      No, onthemark, clean programs have a hard line on people who break the rules. I have never heard of TCU being in any trouble from the NCAA or on the police blotter because they try to recruit good kids. But everyone, especially young people make mistakes. "Let the first one without sin, cast the 1st stone." These young men made a mistake and had a lapse in judgement and they will pay dearly for their mistake. PS: TCU was just trying to keep up with the SEC...who's motto is "if you aint cheatin, you aint tryin."

      February 16, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. diane

    Here we go again. Bet none of them own upo to their screw up. And bet ya most will only get removed from the team. Can't have good christian boys held accountable for anything illegal they do. Might give mommy daddy a bad name. Wonder how many of these parents are alcoholics/drug abusers in their own ways. Or were too wrapped up in working so much they were never around but were out making money to compete w/the Jonses next door. So much for that "Good little Christian" boys stereotype they no doubt portray.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • PM Ohio

      diane, just because you choose to go to TCU or any college that associates itself with a religious organization, doesn't mean you are going to that church or even believe in God. They choose a school based on getting a free education and the quality of education offered. Athletes graduate at a far higher rate than the general population and 98% of them are juggling school, sports and sometimes a job. Most-student athletes are doing the right thing. If someone commits a crime while employed at IBM, is everyone at IBM ceiminals? hat is the leap most of you are making. It is simply petty jealousy of people not good enough athletes to get a scholorship in athletics. How about ending all scholorships for band, physics, law, accounting or any other area because a kid in that program sold some weed...?

      February 16, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. MysticRiver

    Time to shut the unviersity down.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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