TCU quarterback Casey Pachall won’t be returning to TCU following this season, the school confirmed Friday.
Pachall’s time at TCU will end following the Nov. 30 finale against Baylor, TCU sports information director Mark Cohen said.
“He’ll have his degree and he’ll be moving on,” said Cohen, who added that the fifth-year senior’s eligibility will be exhausted at the end of this season. There had been some speculation that Pachall could seek a medical redshirt and return for another season.
Coach Gary Patterson on Friday praised the maturation of Pachall while he was recovering from an arm injury earlier this season.
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Patterson, who was speaking at the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, acknowledged that this season, which will be the first time TCU has missed going to a bowl since 2004, has been difficult. But he praised Pachall’s resilience after getting injured in the second game of the season
“He walked in and he said ‘Look, I’m going to travel to road games, I’m going to help the young quarterbacks out, I’m going to come down and throw to the scout team and I’m going to sit in with the coaches and learn the game plan,’” Patterson said.
Patterson said Pachall’s improvement gave a glimpse of what might have been if he hadn’t been forced to leave the team and withdraw from school last year following a driving while intoxicated arrest. Pachall entered a drug and alcohol treatment center and then returned to the team last spring.
“You got a little bit of a window what it would have been like had he stayed,” Patterson said. “...Casey Pachall is a true success story.”
Even though TCU suffered when Pachall left the team, Patterson said it was the right decision for the quarterback to seek treatment.
“You didn’t want to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning and find out you were going to a funeral,” Patterson said
While Patterson hopes to end the season by beating Baylor, he had nothing but praise for the Bears’ undefeated season.
“I am proud of Baylor,” Patterson said. “For three hours, you’ve got to hate each other on Saturday. Outside of that, you’ve got to be happy for people in the state of Texas that do well.”
Patterson reminded the audience that the Frogs have had difficult seasons previously.
“People talked about getting rid of me in 2001, people talked abut getting rid of me in 2004, they thought about getting rid of me in 2007,” Patterson said. “You go through fluctuations.”
This year’s team will graduate six seniors, compared to the 27 the year TCU won the Rose Bowl. He said inexperience has more to do with TCU’s troubles than adjusting to tougher competition in the Big 12.
“Our transformation, our growth has nothing to do with the Big 12, to be honest with you,” Patterson said
Looking ahead to next season, Patterson said it would help if returning quarterbacks Tyler Matthews or Zach Allen establish themselves so that Trevone Boykin can play elsewhere.
“He would be our best punt-kickoff returner,” Patterson said. “He would be our best receiver. He could be our best running back. If I had a hundred of them, I wouldn’t be sitting up here with half a frown on my face.”