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Big 12 notebook: Suspended TCU QB's status unclear

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TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is suspended indefinitely after geting arrested for DWI. (Getty Images)

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By John Harris

Published: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 9:31 p.m.

TCU coach Gary Patterson did not say Monday whether he'd reinstate suspended quarterback Casey Pachall for this weekend's game against Baylor.

Last week, Patterson suspended Pachall indefinitely after he was arrested for DWI. Pachall, who ranks fourth nationally in passing efficiency, missed TCU's 37-23 loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

Pachall's replacement, redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin, completed 23 of 40 passes for 270 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

Patterson didn't suspend Pachall in February, when the quarterback admitted to police he failed a drug test for marijuana and that he used cocaine and ecstasy the previous year. Pachall was being interviewed by police because his former roommate, who also was a former TCU player, was arrested for selling drugs to Fort Worth, Texas, police.

WVU, TCU help conference's recruiting

Big 12 schools struggled with recruiting for a few years because of uncertainty about the conference. That changed when West Virginia and TCU joined the league this year.

“There was a lot of unrest. Nobody knew what was going to happen,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said.

“Parents were concerned what league we were going to be in, travel to the West Coast. I feel better now than I've ever felt about the conference. We have a (TV) contract. We're all in this together.”

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at




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