An investigation by the Texas Christian University and Fort Worth police has resulted in the arrest of 17 TCU students on the grounds that they sold illegal drugs to undercover officers. Of those 17 students, four are reportedly football players for the Horned Frogs.
According to Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports, the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a raid of the campus and arrested the students for selling drugs both on and off campus.
Ryan Crowe of CBSDFW.com is reporting that the investigation has been ongoing for six months and that the raid took place early this morning. The students had allegedly been selling prescription and illegal narcotics to undercover police officers. The investigation is ongoing, so more arrests could be made.
The names of the four football players in custody have yet to be released, but Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN Radio in Dallas is reporting that the players’ identities will be revealed later due to a public records request.
TCU will be competing athletically in the Big 12 conference for the first time in 2012 as it made the jump from the Mountain West. The Horned Frogs have had a prolific football program for the past several seasons, but such a controversy is certainly not what the institution hoped for as it enters the limelight.
According to Crowe’s report, all students who are found guilty of drug distribution will be expelled from the school. That could adversely affect the football team’s chances this coming season, particularly if any of the four arrested players are high-impact performers.