TCU head football coach Gary Paterson is having to deal with losing 4 of his players due to them being arrested in a campus wide drug bust on Wednesday.
In all 17 students were busted in a six month-long drug sting that was taking place at the Texas Christian University school.
“There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days,” Paterson said in a statement. “As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt, and now I’m mad.”
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the players who were involved are, lineman D.J. Yendry, linebacker Tanner Brock, a former All-American, offensive tackle Tyler Horn and defensive back Devin Johnson. Yendry, Brock, and Johnson were projected to be starters for the Horned Frogs next season, now all four players have been removed from the team roster.
The police report indicated that the four football players involved had set up deals and sold marijuana to undercover agents as far back ad during the football season and as early as last week.
Paterson continued in his statement, “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 at a morning news conference, “All of those arrested are drug dealers,” adding that they had been selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs.”