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Report: Only 5 TCU Players Tested Positive for Drugs

Source tells newspaper that only a few players tested positive for marijuana

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    Tanner Brock, one of the TCU football players quoted in arrest warrants, may have exaggerated claims that a majority of players would fail a February drug test, according to a newspaper report.

    Concerns about rampant drug use on TCU's football may be unfounded.

    According to a confidential source, only five members of the team failed a Feb. 1 drug test, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday.

    Two TCU football players arrested in a drug sting Wednesday allegedly told undercover officers that most of the team would fail the test.

    Rampant Drug Use on TCU Football Team Could Be Unfounded

    [DFW] Rampant Drug Use on TCU Football Team Could Be Unfounded
    Tanner Brock, one of the TCU football players quoted in arrest warrants, may have exaggerated claims that a majority of players would fail a February drug test, according to a newspaper report.

    But the Star-Telegram said its source said five players out of 102 tested positive for marijuana. Eleven had trace amounts within the margin of error, while the remaining 86 players were cleared, the newspaper said.

    The university said in a statement Thursday that it would not release any drug test results.

    Defending the TCU Suspects

    [DFW] Defending the TCU Suspects
    Defense attorney Jim Shaw calls them the TCU 17 and he now represents two of the accused.

    "Five players -- that makes it totally different, as far as the TCU image thing," said Randy Galloway, Star-Telegram columnist and talk show host. "But the overall picture is, four players were considered drug dealers on the TCU campus; that hurts."

    But Galloway said he believes the Horned Frogs can overcome it and avoid team punishment.

    "There is no indication the NCAA is going to be involved -- they can get involved in anything -- but this looks like something they stay out of," he said.

    Defensive back Devin Johnson allegedly told undercover officers that "82 people failed" the drug test, according to his arrest affidavit.

    And Tanner Brock, a TCU linebacker, allegedly told an undercover officer that most of the team would fail the drug test, according to his arrest affidavit. He also allegedly said that he and teammate Tyler Horn -- was also arrested in Wednesday's sting -- thought only about 20 people would pass.

    The Star-Telegram reported Wednesday that Patterson ordered the Feb. 1 drug test after a prize recruit said he would not attend TCU because of drug use by players.

    Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said in the statement Thursday that any student who uses drugs is "one too many."

    "Our students are primarily 18-21 years old. They come from all walks of life, and they contribute to the university in different ways," he said. "Sometimes, they make choices we don’t understand. We are proudest of them when they learn and grow from their mistakes. There is no doubt that students fall short from time to time, but we also know that they, as we, are committed to getting back up and moving forward."

    NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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