We recently and unfortunately discovered TCU has joined the big time in another way other than on the football field. It was big time breaking news last week when 17 students, including 4 football players were arrested for selling drugs on campus. Front page news in both the Ft Worth and Dallas papers. Now, I am not going to sit here and feign shock and dismay. Things like this happen on every college campus across the country. This is just a fact of college life.
While TCU will sell the “Christian and moral standard” to prospective students and their parents, they are in no way immune from what happens when kids are on their own for the very first time. Sadly this will now catapult TCU into the big time. Some people will say you are not a big time program until you have had some kind of scandal or have been caught cheating. If that is the case, then there are some programs that are too big for their britches.
The question now will be how will this Horned Frog team move into Big XII play with some of their key players missing? It will no doubt hurt the team and be cause for some personnel issues when the season starts. But one thing about Gary Patterson and his recruiting style – he makes sure he gets guys who can plug a hole in a moment’s notice. I don’t doubt TCU will be one of the teams to beat this year in the Big XII.
The biggest challenge will be getting the younger guys on the team to overcome the mental and shameful part of this issue. There will be verbal abuse of the players. The crowds attending the road games will be viscous and heartless when it comes to bringing this ordeal up to the players. I am convinced Coach Patterson will have his players ready for the challenge and will look to compete vigorously in the Big XII this season. Welcome to the big time TCU, and good luck.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook