17 students arrested, inc. 4 football players, for selling drugs on/off campus, maybe it's good they bypassed the Big East.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the four players are defensive lineman D.J. Yendry, linebacker Tanner Brock, offensive tackle Tyler Horn and defensive back Devin Johnson. Their names have been removed from the roster on the school’s website.
Johnson and Yendry had 47 and 39 tackles, respectively, last season for the Horned Frogs.
Brock was an All-Mountain West performer as a sophomore in 2010 after leading the team with 106 tackles. He missed all but one game last year due to a foot injury.
“There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said in a statement. “As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.”
“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. 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 police chief Steve McGee said Wednesday the students were caught in an undercover operation selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs.
“All of those arrested are drug dealers,” McGee said at a morning news conference.
School chancellor Victor Boschini said in a statement the investigation was a joint operation between the Fort Worth Police Department and TCU Campus Police. All the students involved have been expelled.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that our campus environment is free of such behavior. Today’s actions highlight that responsibility,” Boschini said in a statement. “The students involved were immediately separated from TCU and criminally trespassed from campus. Further, according to University policy, students arrested and found in violation of distributing drugs are subject to immediate expulsion from TCU.McGee said the students would be identified later Wednesday morning.”
McGee says authorities have been investigating for six months after complaints from students, parents and others.