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Texas Christian University head coach Gary Patterson has suspended quarterback Casey Pachall for the rest of the season. Pachall will go into rehab and has left TCU.
Texas Christian University head coach Gary Patterson announced Tuesday that quarterback Casey Pachall has left the university and is headed to rehab.
"Casey is going to disenroll from this university for this semester. He's going to go into an in-patient care facility," Patterson said the facility would mean a 40 to 60 day stay. "Hopefully what our plan is, is that he 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 had a very long conversation with Pachall and his parents, as well as the chancellor, the athletic director and his staff.
"There was only one way we were going to be able to change the path that he was on, and that was he just needed to step away from it all," said Patterson, "And for us I think it was the best decision... for this football team and for Casey Pachall, I think both of us get a chance to heal, both of us get a chance to grow and we'll see how it all goes from here."
Patterson said Pachall has enough hours that, after his return to the university, he would be able to graduate in two semesters.
Pachall was indefinitely suspended after being arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The arrest came eight months after the junior quarterback admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test.
Patterson addressed all the talk earlier in the season about whether Pachall should be suspended and for how long.
"I'll be honest with you, I don't think one game, three games, would have made any difference, you've got to change kids' lives, and that's really what this is all about," he said.
Redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin threw for 270 yards and had three interceptions Saturday in a 37-23 home loss to Iowa State.
TCU (4-1), which plays Saturday at Baylor, dropped from No. 15 to out of the latest AP Top 25.
We're going to still try to win football games, we won them before Casey Pachall was the quarterback, and we're going to win ball games after Casey Pachall was the quarterback," Patterson said.
Patterson said the team would pledge $100,000 toward the new TCU recovery and support group which helps students who are struggling with or recovering from drug or alcohol use.