TCU suspends QB Casey Pachall indefinitely after DWI arrest

Casey Pachall won’t be suiting up for the Horned Frogs on Saturday. (LM Otero)

TCU is off to a strong start in its first season as a Big 12 conference member, but without their starting quarterback, the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs could be in for a rough rest of the season.

The team suspended junior Casey Pachall indefinitely after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated near the school’s Fort Worth campus.

Pachall was pulled over for running a stop sign around 1 a.m. Thursday and registered a blood-alcohol above the legal limit, Fort Worth police Sgt. Pedro Criado said. Pachall’s roommate was arrested in a sting operation in February, and the quarterback admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a drug test two weeks before the arrest.

“Casey Pachall has been suspended indefinitely from competition,” TCU Coach Gary Patterson said in a statement. “My job as a head coach is to win games, educate our kids and help them with their lives.”

The second-year starter has completed 66 percent of his passes for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and threw only one interception as the Horned Frogs rolled over Grambling State, Kansas, Virginia and SMU. But TCU’s schedule gets much tougher in the next few weeks with trips to Baylor and Oklahoma State. 

Pachell’s Thursday morning mug shot. (AP / Fort Worth Police Department)

“Bad decision,” TCU freshman track and field athlete Raymond Bozmans told NBC’s Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate (NBCDFW). “Everyone has those … It’s starting to add up, his perception is starting to go down with people on the outside.”

The Horned Frogs close the regular season with a brutal four-game stretch that includes four teams currently ranked in the top-17: No. 8 West Virginia (away), No. 7 Kansas State (home), No. 11 Texas (away) and No. 17 Oklahoma (home).

Redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin is expected to start when the Horned Frogs host Iowa State on Saturday.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.



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