FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Suspended TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Coach Gary Patterson made the announcement Tuesday, five days after the junior starter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his second brush with the law in the past eight months.
Patterson said most of the inpatient programs like the one Pachall will enter are 30 to 60 days. If Pachall completes the treatment, the door remains open for him to come back to school and the team.
"Hopefully, what our plan is that he (Pachall) 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 would be able to graduate in two semesters, which is the ultimate goal for us. Also, we'd get a great kid and also a good quarterback back."
Pachall was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after running a stop sign near the TCU campus last Thursday. That came eight months after Pachall admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test just two weeks before former linebacker Tanner Brock, his roommate and teammate then, was arrested in a drug sting with three other players and other TCU students.
Patterson said he met with Pachall and his parents and everyone agreed that he needed time away from school and football to get his life back on track.
"There was only one way he was going to change the path that he was on," Patterson said. "And that was he just needed to step away from it all. I think it's the best decision for this football team and Casey Pachall."
When Pachall's failed drug test was revealed publicly in a police report just before the start of preseason practice in August, the quarterback wasn't suspended. Patterson said then that Pachall had completed drug and alcohol counseling mandated by the university.
Patterson said that he and his wife, Kelsey, will donate $100,000 to the TCU Recovery and Support Group, a drug and alcohol organization on campus that started in the fall.
"We want take this an opportunity to turn this into a positive where others can be helped," Patterson said.
Pachall threw for 948 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception in TCU's first four games this season. The suspension of their second-year starter comes in the middle of the Frogs playing their first season in the Big 12 Conference and facing a difficult schedule the rest of the way.