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Four football players were amongst the 17 students at Texas Christian University arrested on Wednesday. The Fort Worth police carried out a 6-month investigation and caught the group selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs to undercover officers.
The TCU drug bust involved three defensive players -- Tanner Brock, D.J. Yendre, Devin Johnson -- and offensive lineman Ty Horn. It's not yet known whether the four were selling to teammates, but investigators think it's possible.
Undercover officers met with the students in parking lots, restaurants and homes, reports the Associated Press. During one of those meetings, Brock allegedly talked about a surprise drug test. He said he, and about 60 others, were "screwed." Johnson made similar statements, adding that "82 people failed it."
Head Coach Gary Patterson released a statement soon after the arrests were made public, notes Yahoo! Sports. He and the school have made a decision to dismiss the players from the team.
By the end of the TCU drug bust, Patterson may end up dismissing more players. Law enforcement will no doubt continue to investigate the football team to determine if any other players are active users or sellers. The school may also get involved if it so chooses.
If other team members failed the drug test as alleged by Brock and Johnson, the NCAA may also decide to stop in. Players who use banned narcotics are ineligible, and schools are supposed to notify the organization of any negative results.
The TCU drug bust will likely have lasting effects on the team.