FORT WORTH -- Former TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall will withdraw from the university for the semester and enter an in-patient drug and alcohol treatment facility, TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson told the media in his weekly press conference Tuesday.
"I'll be honest -- I don't think [a] one game, three games [suspension] would have made any difference," Patterson said. "You've got to change kids' lives. And that's really what this is all about."
Pachall was suspended indefinitely last Thursday, just hours after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Pachall’s arrest came eight months after he admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team administered drug test.
Patterson said he wasn't sure if Pachall was entering a 30-day or 60-day program, but he would be away from the team and university "until he gets himself right." He wouldn’t say whether he thought Pachall was an alcoholic. He did say that by seeking professional help, Pachall keeps the door open for re-enrolling at TCU next spring.
"Both Casey's parents and Casey and I all agreed [...] there was only one way we were going to be able to change the path he was on," Patterson said. "And that was he just needed to step away from it all. And for [both of] us, I think it was the right decision."
The head coach said by seeking professional help, Pachall kept the door open to return in the spring and rejoin the team "if he gets himself clean." Pachall should able to graduate in two semesters. Patterson said it was a chance for both the program and Pachall to heal and grow.
Patterson and his wife, Kelsey, also pledged a personal donation of $100,000 will be made to the TCU Recovery and Support Group, a program that was created this semester to help students who are struggling or recovering from alcohol or drug use.
"Casey is just one of millions," Patterson said. "We want to take this opportunity to make sure this turns into a positive."
Pachall threw for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns with one interception in TCU's first four games this season, which were all wins.
Last week, redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin started at quarterback for the Horned Frogs at had 270 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in a 37-23 loss to Iowa State, which snapped TCU's 12-game win streak.
During the press conference, Patterson said Boykin had spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week practicing as a tailback and only began preparing for the game as a quarterback Thursday. He indicated Boykin will be the starter this week, saying Boykin "will get a chance to get ready for a ballgame all week."
"We're still going to try to win football games," Patterson said. "We won them before Casey Pachall was the quarterback and we're going to win football games after Casey Pachall was the quarterback. But it takes awhile to do it."
TCU (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) plays Baylor (3-1, 0-1) in Waco this Saturday at 6:00 p.m.