Suspended Texas Christian quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Suspended Texas Christian quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
TCU coach Gary Patterson made the announcement Tuesday, five days after the junior starter was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in his second brush with the law in the past eight months.
In the Horned Frogs’ first four games, Pachall passed for 948 yards, with 10 touchdowns and one interception.
Patterson said most of the inpatient programs such as the one Pachall will enter are for 30 to 60 days. If Pachall completes the treatment, the door remains open for him to come back to school and the team.
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“Hopefully, what our plan is that he (Pachall) gets himself right and keeps the door open for us as far as an opportunity for him to be able to come back here and enroll in the spring,” Patterson said. “He would be able to graduate in two semesters, which is the ultimate goal for us.
“Also, we’d get a great kid and also a good quarterback back.”
Pachall was arrested on suspicion of DUI after running a stop sign near campus Thursday.
That came eight months after Pachall admitted to police he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test two weeks before former linebacker Tanner Brock, his roommate and teammate at the time, was arrested in a drug sting with three other players and some other TCU students.
Patterson said he met with Pachall and his parents and everyone agreed he needed time away from school and football to get his life back on track.
Trevone Boykin is the quarterback for TCU (4-1).
• No. 17 Stanford (4-1) will probably be without its leading wide receiver Saturday when it plays at No. 7 Notre Dame (5-0).
Cardinal coach David Shaw said it is unlikely sophomore Ty Montgomery, who has 18 receptions, will play against the Fighting Irish because of a lower-body injury.
• No. 3 South Carolina (6-0) is listed as a 2 ½-point underdog for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference game at No. 9 Louisiana State (5-1).
South Carolina has its highest ranking in 28 years.
“We are getting some national attention,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said. “That’s what we all like, but it can turn south on you if you don’t watch it.”
LSU lost 14-6 at Florida last weekend.