Thursday, October 4, 2012

Casey Pachall Arrested, Curse of the Big 12 Continues

Casey Pachall, he of the awesome decision making skills, has been suspended indefinitely by Gary Patterson after being arrested last night near TCU for a DWI. Pachall, who you may remember, was a key figure in the drug arrests earlier this year, and was charged to keep his nose (literally) clean this season. Welp...

http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/10/04/report-tcu-starting-qb-casey-pachall-arrested-for-dwi/

The question of whether Pachall remains on the team will probably not be answered until all the facts are out, but it would be really hard to imagine that he plays again this season, and not out of the realm of possibility that his career as a Frog is essentially over. After all the flack that GP took this fall for not sitting him down when it came out that Casey had admitted to drug usage that went beyond pot, I can't even imagine what the blowback would be for his latest infraction. I am a big believer in second chances, but thirds, fourths, and beyond - when the program's rep has taken plenty of (bong) hits recently - is to much to stomach.

It's safe to say that we won't see #4 out on the field against the Cyclones Saturday, and that the Trevone Boykin era has effectively begun. As a fan, and a very proud alum, I couldn't be more disappointed/annoyed/angry/disgusted/pissed/et al than I feel right now. This feels worse than January - for Pachall to be so dumb after seeing what those other guys put the program through just a few months ago comes across as incredibly selfish. I totally get that college kids do dumb things and make mistakes - it wasn't THAT long ago that I was one, you have to expect to be held to a higher standard when you are the QB of a Top 15 team, especially one who put himself on the hot seat a couple times already. As talented as he is - and there's no question he could be a pro - he doesn't have the mindset to succeed, at least as far as we have seen. There are stories upon stories of uber talented athletes who end up out of the league and on the streets because of poor decision making - Pachall seems to be on the same path as Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, Tyrann Mathieu, etc. It's really too bad. Not just for us as fans, but for him as a person.

Gary Patterson has kept this program together and in the top 25 through improbable circumstances - arrests, injuries, a new conference - I trust him to make the best of this situation and have the team, especially the backfield - as ready as they can be. Boykin is going to be up and down, but he is as exciting an athlete at the QB position as there is anywhere. Don't turn your back on TCU, maybe we need to change our expectations for this year, but in GMFP We Trust, right?

20 comments:

SnK said...

That is the sad face of a 21 year old who realized his future just went from the NFL to spending the rst of his life back in Brownwood. Well played, son.

FrogHorn07 said...

So now we have, LB depth problems, O-Line issues, RB depth problems, QB issues and fake Twitter handles putting up bulletin board material. Did I miss anything?

Todd Carruth said...

Ugh. Maybe it was the tattoos or the crazy hair or the overly-done eye-black or the drug bust but I always had an uneasy feeling about this kid. Like maybe he was just a couple of Keystone Lights away from getting into major trouble. I sincerely hope he gets the help he needs. Go Boykin!

LOLfolding said...

Should have come down on him harder to begin with - clearly he didn't get the message.

spoiledguineafrog said...

screw pachall. he obviously doesn't give a shit about the fans, the sport, the school, the opportunities or GMFP. can't wait to replace him with someone who has a little humility. we'll know if TCU is God's favorite team if boykin ends up being better than that ingrate pachall.

PS - the donors must be really pissed, because pachall can't make bail. hope mansfield jail is fun buddy

johnjesse2122 said...

I just want to remind some of you of our backup qb history. Tye Gunn went down and Brandon Hassell stepped in and played extremely well. Tye Gunn went down again and Jeff Ballard was a horse. I always said he ran like a deer and he threw like one too. The bottom line is that, in the past, our backup qbs have had success. Lets hope boykin gets a serious case of the Jeff Ballards.

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

He has to go. I don't want him as a part of my school anymore. Boykin will be very inconsistent, but he has amazing potential. We still have Matt Brown too, who was a highly touted QB recruit. He will almost certainly switch back to QB now. We have no chance at winning the conference now, but we'll be ready to rock next year. Hopefully we can win two more and make a bowl game.

general125 said...

This is too bad. I'm pretty disappointed, but what can you do but move on?

VikingFrog said...

Innocent until proven guilty???

Sean said...

This is clearly a case of a guy who has made some consistently poor decisions. Removing him from the team is fair, but the idea that he should be completely disaffiliated with TCU as an institution is ridiculous. The TCU community supports students dealing with all sorts of mental health, substance abuse, and other problems. He should be allowed to make the most of those resources to get back on track. Even if that means he doesn't play at TCU again. The notion that 18-22 year old's are prepared to shoulder the pressure of D1 football, actual academics, and the expectations of the entire TCU/Ft Worth community is unrealistic. Some handle it better than others, but since we are supposed to hold ourselves to a higher standard at TCU, the responsibility also falls on our community to pick this young man back up and support his recovery - in spite of our disappointment. Also, as fans, we are somewhat culpable for this sort of behavior. If your first thought when you heard this, like my own, was "well there goes our season" rather than "man, he must really need some help", you - again, like myself, are producing outcomes like this for Casey and others. Then again, he might choose to transfer somewhere to get a fresh start and still make the NFL. I mean, if Sebastian Jankowski is still kicking (albeit for the Raiders), anything is possible.

M said...

Between Casey Pachall and Casey Printers, can we just agree not to have any more Caseys at QB? It always starts great, but then blows up in our faces.

VikingFrog said...

What did janikowski do? I guess I don't know that story.

Sean said...

I was thinking of his missing curfew the night before the sugar bowl in 1999. Rumor was he was wasted - but he still played in the game.

There's been a lot more since then.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Janikowski

LOLfolding said...

@ Sean - You're seriously stating that fans are in someway responsible for bringing about poor behavior in athletes? It is not as though they are forced into national stardom or are in anyway surprised when their screw ups are under scrutiny (shouldn't be, anyway). If anything, we should have a higher expectation of Pachall to know what's going on because he had 2 years with the program while Dalton (whom we can probably agree set the standard) was still around to mentor him. I'm not saying Dalton was perfect either, but he's basically what you dream of when finding a player to make the face of your program. I agree with you that TCU should help the guy get back on his feet with the resources they have, but playing football should not be a part of that.

@ VF - Janikowski got in a lot of bar fights and associated incidents while he was at FSU. Almost got deported for allegedly bribing an officer. Supposedly he threw a guy through a plate glass window a la Charles Barkley.

David Persons said...

There is only one way this ends honestly, and that is that Pachall is dismissed from the team (if he is found guilty). I hope GMFP lets the case wind its way through court before he makes a final decision, but this is just the last fricking straw - what the hell was Pachall thinking, that he was too important to have to follow the rules? No one is that important.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Welp, there's goes law school!

Hot 'n Spicy HornedFrog said...

Will SB replace SMU Hate with Pachall Hate?

Travis Maloney said...

"Hot 'n Spicy HornedFrog said...
Will SB replace SMU Hate with Pachall Hate?"

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here...

Skeptical Frog said...

Tanner Brock and Co. didn't get the benefit of having Patterson waiting to decided until after court. Really don't understand why the double standard. To me, it makes our administration look bad by giving the "star" QB more leeway than "some other guys."
Discipline doesn't really work if it isn't consistent.

Meanwhile, I heard SMU is still looking for a QB...

Wonder said...

I can't even imagine what the blowback would be for his latest infraction. I am a big believer in second chances, but thirds, fourths, and beyond - when the program's rep has taken plenty of (bong) hits recently - is to much to stomach. online health blog advise