TCU administrators unaware of six-month drug probe

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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Posted on February 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

FORT WORTH - As TCU's 2011 football season kicked off, here's what fans didn't know: Undercover police were buying drugs from Horned Frog players between games.

The first undercover drug buy came two days before a victory over the Wyoming Cowboys.

Police said their first tip came in August, six months ago. By October 18, arrest warrants show, TCU campus police had reason to believe football player Tyler Horn was dealing drugs.

Over the next four months, the Horn investigation led undercover officers to three more players: David Yendry, Tanner Brock and Devin Johnson.

But it wasn't until last week that TCU Chancellor Dr. Victor Boschini was alerted to the investigation into his university's high-profile football team.

"I was not aware during the six months," he told reporters at a news conference. "I was made aware they were doing an investigation maybe about eight days ago... eight or 10 days, maybe."

That takes the time frame back to February 5 or 6, still several days after the critical day of February 1, when head football coach Gary Patterson gave all his players a surprise drug test.

Records show TCU Police were aware of the drug tests. We called to ask the chancellor if he had been aware of the drug tests, but he declined to be interviewed.

Three high level law enforcement sources tell News 8 it's nearly inconceivable that campus police would not inform the chancellor earlier in the process.

"Then certainly the campus police would inform the president," said Dr. Robert Taylor, Chairman of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of North Texas.

Still, at Wednesday's news conference, Boschini seemed unclear about the most explosive element of this scandal — the football players.

"I don't know all the names yet, to be honest with you. From the ones I've heard, it's from two different sports, but I'm only hesitant to say it just because I want to be sure first, and I'm not positive," Boschini said.

As reporters waited for a more complete answer, the chancellor asked TCU Police Chief Steven McGee for clarification.

"Oh, okay... just football," Boschini said.

News reports from 2004 show that at the end of that season, Coach Patterson was concerned about his team's performance and had the football squad tested for drugs. At the time, he said several players failed, but Patterson declined to provide names.

He also said the results could have been due to second-hand smoke.

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