Days after an upset loss to Iowa State and more severely a DWI arrest, TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall has”disenrolled” from the Texas school and will no longer be the Horned Frogs starting quarterback.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced at a press conference that effective immediately, Pachall would be dropping out and attending rehab for substance abuse following the star quarterback’s October 4th arrest for drunk driving. Patterson did state, however, that should Pachall make improvements to his well being, the door is open for a 2013 return to school and football for the 22 year old.
This marks the second time this year that TCU has had to deal wit off-field issues spilling over into the football program. It also marks the second time this year a major player from a major program has not only dropped out of school but enrolled in drug rehab. LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu was a high profile case this past month when he suddenly dropped out of school and entered rehab after yet another violation of the schools drug policy.
Pachall isn’t facing his seventh violation like Mathieu, but his arrest comes eight months after he admitted to smoking marijuana and thusly failed a team drug test. Pachall will be entering inpatient rehab that will take 30-60 days for the young quarterback to complete, making it impossible for him to play football and balance that with his sobriety.
For the second time this year, football fans and human beings alike have been forced to take a step back and allow a young man to leave behind the sport to straighten out his life. This is both severly troubling yet joyfully encouraging. Too many times before we’ve seen uncontrolled athletes destroy themselves with drugs and alcohol and by the time it was discovered it was far too late in their adulthood to fully save them.
The case of Casey Pachall, Tyrann Mathieu and countless other college athletes who are setting aside a potential rock star life to straighten themselves out it not only massively encouraging that mankind isn’t doomed, but it serves as a message to young kids everywhere.