TCU quarterback apologizes for positive drug test

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on August 5, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 5 at 10:38 PM

FORT WORTH — Two days after it was revealed that TCU's quarterback had failed a drug test for smoking marijuana, Casey Pachall apologized.

Pachall didn't read the statement, but gave the following explanation for his actions. He took no questions:

"I truly do apologize for what's been said and done lately and in the past as well. What's been done, I’ve made mistakes. I know I’m not perfect, but I’ve learned from those mistakes and I'm still learning.

"It's a day-to-day process for me trying to be a better person and trying to be a better role model and leader for this team and this community and this university. I'm trying on a day-to-day basis to be that person that I need to be with the same expectations that when I step on the field. I need to have those same expectations for how I live off the field as well. I just want to say thank you for your time and thank you for coming."

In a police report, Pachall admitted that he had smoked marijuana and failed a drug test. He also said that he had used cocaine and ecstasy in the past, but only used it once.

Pachall is not expected to be suspended, although there are those who feel a suspension is justified.

"I'd like them to tell me what substantiated it," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. "We've gotten rid of kids. We lost three starters back in February."

Patterson went on to say that he is not hiding behind how good a player Pachall is or where he comes from.

"If I think it's a situation where it has to be, what I have found usually is if a person doesn't do the right things, usually it’s on and off the field and he can carry himself, but he carried himself pretty well last year on the field," Patterson said. "That doesn't make it better or worse of what his actions were off, and I thought what he said was appropriate."

Pachall tested positive for marijuana on February 1, but no action was taken and it didn't become public until "TCU360," the school newspaper, obtained a police report that detailed what Pachall told investigators.

Police arrested Pachall's roommate, linebacker Tanner Brock, back in February.

Patterson said there is no punishment expected.

"Team punishment, no," the coach said. "I'm in the job of growing up young people. He is a football player to you. He is somebody's kid to me."

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