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. Grandefrap

    Yet somehow certain sports writers will find how this wasn't as bad as what the Ohio State players did!

    February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Selling drugs versus selling yellow pants... seriously, that is not even in the same category.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CmonNow11

    Way to throw away what could have been a promising career – but then again, football players arent known for being the sharpest tools in the shed (just tools....)

    February 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Relaod

    After all the anti-Mormon bigotry I've taken while attending BYU football and basketball games at TCU, I have to laugh at this situation. It looks like the "true christians" have some problems. Perhaps the folks at TCU are not really christians after all.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy in Austin

      Ive found Christians are Christians, when it suits them, not all, but very many. They just HAVE to fit in.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Relaod
      It’s taken this for you to figure that out? And yes all of you are nuts.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      You know, you dont necessarily have to be a christian to attend that school.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turtleguy

      People who buy into the fairytales of religion are not the most rational people to begin with. It's no surprise that they would make similarly ill-informed decisions about other aspects of their lives.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is happening in colleges across our country regardless of whether it's "christian or non-christian". These are our children who require help and guidance more than being the big guy on campus. I take this serious and everyone should.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      Help??? They need HELP??? They needed paddling long ago and didn't get it. Now when they do the crime
      just let 'em do the time...

      February 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • notbobslc

      They are not children, anyone in college is not a child, they are legally adults and don't need help or guidance, they need the freedom to be who they are.

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

    Geez, what's next, we'll find out the students in the music program are doing marijuana too!

    February 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. peekandseek

    Sad!.... unfortunately, it happens at all colleges. Their parents must be beside themselves.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn

      "What they did, to be honest, is simply unacceptable."

      To be honest, understatement of the year!

      February 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Face the music

    Enough trash talking... what are some ideas to make a change on college campuses? How can we help our high school students prepare for this rough world? Let's get involved in helping our kids make the right decisions. It starts off when they're young. If you're frustrated with this kind of behavior.... provide some positive input. Make a change... it starts with us help our younger generation. I'm sure you all have young teenagers you love and care for. Get involved in positive ways to help them make outstanding, smart, and well-thought out decisions.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Troy in Austin

    College students doing drugs? Who knew? All these guys were partying up a storm and no one knew but the cops.
    Doesn't sound like it was hurting them to much. Give 'em a break!

    February 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Loyal Democrat

    This is nothing new. If you wanted drugs you dropped by TCU. If you wanted to get laid, you dropped by Baylor.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      That's quite a drive for a little puss....

      February 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Duane in Fremont

    What...???!! Where are comments of "thugs" and such that would be if they were ALL Black? Interesting.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    What a surprise college kids doing and selling drugs what has the world come to...... Yet another absolute waste of tax payer money. To anyone who thinks this is news worthy, worth wasting money on, or believes the kids should be punished and were "stupid" for doing this; please kill yourself now, or at least never have children. Better to let the stupid die off as soon as possible.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Silly Christians

    First Ohio State, USC, Miami... now TCU?

    "Christian" in name only. What a joke. Just like Southern Methodist U. (SMU) but a different kind of criminal.

    Parochial schools are a joke. Abolish private education

    February 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. andy

    So much for good Christian values.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. k1k2lee

    "This behavior, when reported, is never tolerated at our university," Boschini said at a news conference with McGee and other officials. So, does that mean if it goes unreported it IS tolerated by your university? And this man is in charge of a university?
    That said, the kids on that football team were given a tremendous gift – a free education that many, many people would give a great deal to have. Selling drugs is something they could have done back home on any streetcorner. This isn't even about taking drugs – it's about selling them. And about being about as stupid as a sack of hair. If I were their parent, I would be deeply disappointed and hopping mad.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fredj

    Gimme a break!

    A journalist can't sit down at a keyboard without sensationalizing, these days.

    Paragraph 3 of this story says there were arrests for selling "marijuana or other drugs, including cocaine, Ecstasy, acid and prescription medicine". Wow, really sounds serious!

    Not until paragraph 9 do we learn that the 4 players are charged with selling marijuana. I'm in my 60s and I've coached for 35 years. This stuff was going on when I was in school. It's MARIJUANA, people. Hardly a major crime.

    Every time anyone with any celebrity is arrested for a DUI or for marijuana, the news media want to make a big deal out of it. Because you're starved for something to report. Because you don't invest the staff and manhours to investigate real news. Then, of course, cops want to crow that they've caught the next Bonnie & Clyde and bureaucrats (TCU administrators here) go into CYA mode. Such hypocritical dung.

    Much ado about NOTHING.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      I'm a "U" alumni. Imagin how I feel.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • hope you get fired

      If you are in your 60's and have coached for 35 years and think that this is absurd then you should be fired. There is a giant difference between smoking occasionally and selling a felony amount of a drug. If your actually a coach and are adult and not some 19 year old from ft worth trying to sound like your something your not then you should be seriously ashamed of yourself because obviously the kids you coach are getting terrible life lessons. Again if your really a coach you would think that you would care about your kids following the big rules or more importantly laws so that they won't wind up being convicted felons and then not being able to get hired or be able to vote in this country when they become men. If you are what you say you are your a joke

      February 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bfskinnerpunk

      Good point. If they were just selling weed, the story hardly deserves mention in their local college newspaper. The stuff needs to be legalized. The cost of enforcement, jail time, ..and the massive cost in violence (see: Mexico)... is just too much. All to avoid giggling. NOTE: Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse died of a hard drug: ALCOHOL

      February 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
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