FORT WORTH - TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson spoke out Friday about the undercover drug investigation that involved four of his players.

I've been telling [players] all along, when you decide to become a Division-I player, you decide to become different, Patterson said. You don't end up on the front of the sports page, you're on the other page.

Patterson spoke to reporters after Friday practice, hoping to talk about the team's prospects for the future. Instead, he fielded many questions about the investigation that thrust TCU into the headlines two weeks ago.

I still feel badly for the four, and really feel bad for all of them, Patterson said. You wish you could have saved them, you wish you could have gotten to them before it happened.

Friday the coach acknowledged that players underwent random drug testing in February, but wouldn't offer details on how many tested positive for drugs. However, he refuted claims that a majority failed tests.

[The] reality is somewhere in between [the number stated by players to police and the number reported by the Star-Telegram,] Patterson said. I can say this to you, it wasn't the number that was thrown out early.

He's now looking to the future, hoping the team will have a strong opening season in the Big 12.


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