Fifteen TCU students, including four football players, were arrested following a six-month police investigation that included students allegedly selling drugs to undercover officers.
“All of those arrested are drug dealers,” TCU Police Chief Steven McGee said.
The four players arrested are linebacker Tanner Brock, the team’s leading tackler in 2010; offensive tackle Tyler Horn; cornerback Devin Johnson: and defensive lineman D.J. Yendry.
Brock, who missed the 2011 season with an injury, was the team’s leading tackler in TCU’s undefeated 2010 season.
The drugs being sold included marijuana, cocaine, acid, ecstasy and prescription drugs, McGee said.
TCU coach Gary Patterson conducted a surprise drug test on the football team on Feb. 1, National Signing Day, after a prized recruit told him that he would not attend the school because of drug use by players. Five TCU players tested positive for marijuana and 11 others had trace amounts within the margin of error, the Star-Telegram reported.
The TCU drug investigation began after police received tips from parents and students, TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said.
“Today’s events have changed the life of everybody at TCU,” Boschini said.
“TCU has never before experienced a magnitude of student arrests such as this,” he said.
He said that the students were immediately “separated from TCU” and that they face immediate expulsion if they are found guilty.
“While this news is certainly shocking and disappointing, it is important to remember that TCU has clear expectations for its students: that they behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law,” Boschini said.
“These students are charged with acting in a manner that is incompatible with TCU values and against the law. That is simply unacceptable and such reported behavior is not tolerated at this University.”
TCU finished 18th in the final BCS college football rankings.