Mac Engel

Arrested developments continue at TCU

TCU senior defensive end Mike Tuaua, sacking Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty last season, was charged — along with redshirt freshman receiver Andre Petties-Wilson — with assaulting and robbing three male students late Sept. 4.
TCU senior defensive end Mike Tuaua, sacking Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty last season, was charged — along with redshirt freshman receiver Andre Petties-Wilson — with assaulting and robbing three male students late Sept. 4. Star-Telegram

Two TCU football players were arrested Monday, which brings the official tally to ... I lost count.

The giddy, schoolgirl-like laughing you hear is coming from McLennan County, more specifically the east side of Interstate 35 in Waco near the Brazos River.

Baylor may make the Final Four, but for the time being no win for Baylor Nation is any more gratifying than watching the arrest blotter pop with the recent charges of TCU football players.

On Monday, senior defensive end Mike Tuaua and redshirt freshman receiver Andre Petties-Wilson were charged with assaulting and robbing three male students late Sept. 4.

The assault was one day after TCU’s season-opening win at Minnesota. Neither player has played since.

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte told me the status of the two players has been turned over to the university administration. He said he is not sure when this case will be handled or when the playing status of the two players will be decided.

TCU coach Gary Patterson did not respond to an interview request.

Sorry, Baylor, I know I have been accused of being a TCU homer but this is not in the same stratosphere as the Sam Ukwuachu case. This is another typical college football — and now TCU football — arrest.

It’s another sign that TCU is just a big-time program living on the edge with a cast of characters who push it when situations demand they be smarter.

Last year, two players were arrested on marijuana charges in separate incidents. In 2012, four players were caught in a campus drug bust, the same year that starting quarterback Casey Pachall was charged with DWI.

It’s 2015, and we have another TCU football arrest. This time it’s assault.

Whatever the specifics, this is a trend.

Gary said before the season that he liked this team and that the players were good people. Not sure if he said they were smart.

GP tried doggedly to rid himself of the knuckleheads who were too much trouble, but his guys let him down. They were arrested.

According to a handful of TCU officials, these are good kids and this is not that big of a deal.

They probably are, but let’s stop right there. TCU and every other athletic department in the country should shed the unhelpful enabling rhetoric from its fawning athletic department employees and instead do what university officials are supposed to do: teach kids how to grow up with the obvious lessons that there are consequences to stupidity.

What did this pair do? According to the arrest report, they hit some kids and stole beer. And not even good beer.

Kids, don’t beat up other kids for Keystone Light. You beat up kids to steal Rahr or Martin House. At least support local breweries.

Tasteless jokes aside, beating up kids is not a good idea.

When the Baylor case popped, I said any fan from a Power 5 team celebrating Baylor’s misfortune should shut their mouth; it’s always a matter of time before someone from your alma mater goes dumb.

So in a season that was all about TCU reaching the College Football Playoff and a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Trevone Boykin, the Horned Frogs now have a pair of arrests.

At this point, we’re used to it.

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