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...
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?