FORT WORTH (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson says his team is trying to move “straight forward.”

The Big 12-bound Horned Frogs opened spring football Friday. The first practice came only nine days after four players were among 15 current and four former TCU students arrested on drug charges.

Those players, including three past starters on defense, are no longer on the team.

Patterson, talking to reporters for the first time since the Feb. 15 arrests, says the most disappointing thing for him was that it seemed everyone decided that the program went from being really good to suddenly everybody’s bad.

In arrest affidavits, charged players indicated 60-82 players could have failed a Feb. 1 drug test.
While not getting specific, Patterson says those numbers are not true.

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