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 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. eric d. kingsberry

    oh wow, I feel sorry for TCU, but if this happened on the U campu. Everybody in the media would have had a field day with this story. So, If we are going to dog the U than we need to do the samething to TCU.
    Thanks let's be fair.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      Anybody ever heard of "the U"???...Is that some podunk place in OhieeeO? Maybe in swamp in Florida??...

      February 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DC

    Anyone else find it ironic that drug-dealing is a problem at 'Texas Christian University' ...?

    February 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aces Full

      No, why would it be? There isn't a college or high school in the Western Hemisphere that does not have drug dealing going on – get a clue.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • no, just...


      February 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?? footballl??

      Clearly drug dealing is not a problem The problem seems to be they got caught,

      February 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not irony

      Selling, using or making drugs is not a sin.

      So, nope, not ironic.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chikadee

    Three students and an alumnus got busted for selling drugs at TCU last year, so this is not an isolated case. In Dallas/Ft Worth area, UT-Dallas and Univ. of North Texas have the highest rate for drug-related arrests. TCU is in the middle of the pack.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Confused

    What kind of BS reporting is this ? There are football players on every college campus doing drugs and getting caught all the time. Oh but here we have a chance to take a chuck out of some Christian butts ? Well done Mr. Hanna, you get bonus suckup points for this article.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mouse

      Come on you know christian's are held to a HIGHER standard!!!

      February 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Who do you think they were selling drugs to..... for the most part it was TCU students. We always brush over that fact. We need to get real with our drug laws and drug consumption if we ever want to make a dent in the problem.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Noxx

    The fact that this is TCU makes this oh so much more sweet. But I guess they don't have to worry cuz their imaginary god will forgive them.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrWu's really sweet to see young people make mistakes and ruin their lives. Makes me want to buy the world a Coke now doesn't it? I can see why the view from the computer in your mom's basement would make this a great feel-good story. Perhaps your imaginary brain will kick in at some point to prevent you from making such insipid comments.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      Ah, anti-religious bigotry at its finest.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpy

      If you can read this, thank a teacher. If what you write are a bunch of crap, it's your own fault!!!

      February 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s~

    They should rename their university to TDU.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken Andrews

    Large Bodies and Small Minds can be a dangerous combination.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rdd

    What do you expect they are not that far from Mexico, thats's why Rick Perry said everyone in Texas has a job
    they were just doing their job

    February 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. w2lucky

    I'm waiting on some idiot in Texas to blame this on Craig James also.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hawkeye fan

    The only news in this story is the number of people busted. Now if they want a story, investigate every division 1 football program and see the athlete involvement in drug usage and sales. How do you think these athletes pay for all their tatoos? It ain't from mom and pop handing out the money for them. Athletes two sources of income are: drugs and selling the games tickets given to them for each home and away game. It's a racket.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jim / San Juan Capistrano

    Previous reports had Head Coach Patterson springing a surprise drug test on the entire team after these arrests were reported to him. A player reported in the local Ft. Worth Star-Telegram that a vast majority had flunked the test. I don't see any indication that Patterson has responded to the test findings or what he intends to do with this information. My guess: nothing.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marcus

    These are probably generally good kids who are unfortunately the victims of the failed drug war that has been declared against the citizens of america. Maybe when over half the country's population is imprisoned will we realized that we have been approaching this problem from the wrong angle?

    February 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. You Know

    Not to make this a race thing (its obviously religious) but if he was black this comment section would be COMPLETELY different....

    February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      Oops, too late. You just did.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*Mike Norton

    Drug prohibition is yielding the same results as did alochol prohibition in the 1920s. Selling drugs in the US won't ever stop because people like to use them. The anti-drug "war" is making college kids into criminals–it has just about wrecked Mexico.

    This has nothing to do w/TCU; it's the predictable result of an irrational set of anti-drug laws.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
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