Chancellor Boschini discusses drug test
Scroll down for Chancellor Boschini's official statement on the release of Feb.1 drug test results.
Chancellor Victor Boschini said Thursday that he was not informed if any football players failed the team-issued drug test on Feb. 1.
Boschini did confirm a Feb. 1 drug test of the TCU football team that was mentioned in arrest warrant affidavits of some of the 17 people arrested Wednesday on suspicion of dealing drugs.
“That doesn’t matter to me,” Boschini said of test results. “If one did it, I think that’s a big concern. I think people are focused on these numbers for the wrong reason, but that’s just my opinion.”
According to affidavits released in connection with the drug arrests, football players Devin Johnson and Tanner Brock told undercover officers a majority of the team likely failed the drug tests that were ordered by head football coach Gary Patterson on Feb. 1.
Boschini said he’s not routinely informed of the the results of drug tests.
“I mean, if 100 people failed it or something like, then I think they would tell me,” Boschini said. “Every athlete has to be subject to random testing by us and by NCAA.”
If there were an instance of many people failing a drug test, the school’s compliance officer, Andrea Nordmann, would be notified and would then notify Boschini, he said. If it were one person or a couple of people, then Nordmann would handle it herself.
The affidavit from Fort Worth Police cited TCU safety Devin Johnson telling an undercover officer 82 players failed the drug test. Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported an unnamed source said 5 student-athletes failed the team-issued drug test.
Messages to Patterson, athletics director Chris Del Conte and Director of Athletics Media Relations Mark Cohen were not returned.
In the event of a first violation of TCU’s policy, the athlete’s parents would be notified, the university’s Alcohol and Drug Education Center is notified, and the athlete is referred to the Office of Campus Life to go through the judicial process, he said. A second offense results in a suspension of 20 percent of the athlete’s current or next season, and the third results in expulsion from TCU.
According to the Athletics Department policy found on GoFrogs.com, some violations of the policy, “including but not limited to drug sale or distribution, a first violation results in harsh sanctions including but not limited to expulsion from TCU, cancellation of scholarship, and being disallowed from participating in athletics.”
If the NCAA came in, did random drug testing and an athlete who was in-season, then “they’re out,” Boschini said.
Boschini said he did not think the TCU football program in general had a drug problem.
“No, I think students in general across America have a drug problem. I think society has a drug problem. I think we’re losing sight of what’s important here. If one person has a drug problem, to me, that’s a problem,” he said. “If one student is involved in these issues, I think we have a problem in our community.”
In the future, Boschini said he did not think this would change the football team’s policy concerning drugs.
“I think they have a good program in place,” he said.
Thursday afternoon Lisa Albert, Director of Communications for the university released a statement by email from Chancellor Victor Boschini regarding the releasing the results of the Feb.1 drug test.
Chancellor Boschini's statement:
This has never been about who was using drugs or how many failed a drug test, therefore we will not release any results. Any student using drugs is one too many. Our students are primarily 18-21 years old. They come from all walks of life and they contribute to the University in different ways. Sometimes they make choices we don’t understand. We are proudest of them when they learn and grow from their mistakes. There is no doubt that students fall short from time to time, but we also know that they, as we, are committed to getting back up and moving forward.
TCU 360’s Ryan Osborne contributed to this report.