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Doc 5: Top five marijuana mistakes -- No. 1 TCU

Nick Bromberg
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TCU head coach Gary Patterson watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas
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After four players were arrested for selling marijuana in February 2012, TCU coach Gary Patterson dismissed them from the team. (AP)

This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.

Christians across the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, but some were celebrating another holiday.

April 20, aka “4/20,” has become a de-facto holiday to celebrate the use of marijuana. With 4/20 in mind, we decided to use that as the basis for this week’s Doc 5 – the top five marijuana mistakes.

There are no shortage of college football players running into legal trouble throughout the offseason, many of them for marijuana charges. Any semi-regular reader of Dr. Saturday knows that. Over the years there have been plenty of top players whose marijuana use ultimately led to dismissals that impacted their teams.

No. 1 is a bit different.

TOP FIVE MARIJUANA MISTAKES

No. 1: TCU

Our previous four editions of this week's Doc 5 have all been centered around individuals. We're departing from that for our top spot.

In February of 2012, 18 students were arrested for selling drugs. Among them were four football players; Tanner Brock, Devin Johnson, Ty Horn and D.J. Yendrey. All four players were subsequently dismissed from the team.

All four players were charged with counts of delivery of marijuana. Both Brock and Johnson had three felony charges against them. Were they not alone? Were a bunch of TCU players involved?

Before the arrests, a player reportedly told TCU coach Gary Patterson he wouldn't attend TCU because of drug use amongst its players. Patterson then had his players take a random drug test on National Signing Day. While selling drugs to an undercover officer before his arrest, Johnson reportedly said 82 players had failed the test. In his arrest affadavit, Brock said he believed 60 players failed the test.

Only five players failed the test. Since TCU is a private university, it was not required to share the results of the test. Patterson subsquently instituted more tests, including after spring break.

Casey Pachall tested positive on National Signing Day. He left the team and entered rehab in October of 2012 following an arrest for DWI. When Pachall went into rehab, Patterson gave him the opportunity to return to the team.

We don't know how much overlap there was between those arrested and the failed tests, though at most, nine different players would have been involved in either failing a drug test or arrested for selling drugs. That's approximately one-tenth of a football team. The tangible proof it was a widespread team problem never came through.

However, the stigma still looms. After Mountain West dominance and a reputation that was hundreds of miles away from Miami's in the 1980s, TCU was suddenly entering a new conference with a hefty amount of unwanted notereity.

If the issues and TCU's subsequent struggles in the Big 12 are connected, it's by a flimsy thread rather than a bolt. But every time a TCU player is arrested, like Brandon Carter or LaDarius Brown this year, the details of more than two years ago keep roaring back. It may not be fair, but what happened in 2012 isn't exactly a common college football occurrence.

With time, the memories will keep fading. And if TCU starts to win again, they'll fade a little faster.

 

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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