Friday, Fetch Friday is back y'all and we're going to hit on this TCU situation yet again as we've got a bit more information. Here's the article from yesterday where we got into some of the nuts and bolts of what might happen at TCU and taking a look at drug testing policy.
But first we figured now is as good a time as any to drop one of the greatest one hit wonder rap songs of all time.
So let's get into more TCU stuff as interesting tidbits have been revealed and we can further look to explain some of what's going on.
Today we get this news that after the big TCU pop quiz of a drug test on February 1st, only 5 football players actually failed the test. 11 other players had "trace" amounts of marijuana present but not enough to trigger a positve test.
That's the information that we have now and because drug tests fall into the "confidential" portion of being a student there really is not much more information to likely be discovered. TCU was smart, this information has been provided to the press by someone on their side and at the minimum they have headed all the tough questions off at the pass.
Five is far less than the 60 or 82 mentioned by Brock and Johnson just days after the test. As we said yesterday odds are that the number was lower and 5 plus the 11 trace elements falls much closer to the quarter of the team number you'd expect to be using drugs at any given time on the football team. 18% showed evidence here and only 5 have failed. Not a bad look for TCU and, as Stephen White points out, pretty solid timing this time in the semester for a pop test.
Short answer; it is far enough removed from break for that activity to be done and close enough to the start of winter conditioning for folks to be buckling down.
This information does help out the guys on the TCU roster that were not smoking drugs and blowing yae so that is a positive for the them. Nothing like villifying the entire team for something only a portion partake in. That being said the recruit's words will still echo as TCU battles this stigma during their transition into the Big XII.
Given the information that was found yesterday with respect to TCU's policy following a failed drug test and the standard operating procedures. Five failures is breath of fresh air compared to the big numbers being thrown about and this gets even better for the university and Gary Patterson if four of the players who failed are the same four who got arrested.
All in all TCU is now wresting control of the narrative back from the press and fans and with that comes the "tough on drugs" and "we take this serious" and "see we don't have a problem" rhetoric that parents, boosters, fans and recruits most certainly want to hear as things move forward. Looks like all will be quiet very soon on the Ft. Worth front and Gary Patterson can get back to cashing checks and snappin' necks.