Top 5 College Football Drug Scandals: An Ode to TCU
Yesterday, 17 Texas Christian University students were arrested by Fort Worth authorities following a six-month drug sting. Four TCU football players -- including Tanner Brock, one of the team's top linebackers -- were among those nabbed for selling ecstasy, weed, coke and prescription pills to undercover officers.
We guess it's a fitting way for the Horned Frogs to head into the Big 12, considering the 2007 Texas Longhorns team that had a propensity for drinking and doping.
Thing is, combine TCU with Texas and it still doesn't come close to, in our opinion, the top college football drug scandals of all time (or in Big 8/Southwest Conference/Big 12 history, for that matter).
5. Florida The 2006 champions of college football that featured the lovable Tim Tebow were also good at getting stonedstonedstoned. This according to former Gators cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis, who told the media that approximately 75 percent of the team did the pot. 4. South Carolina A federal grand jury indicted four USC football coaches for hooking up players with the goods after former Gamecocks defensive lineman Tommy Chaikin co-wrote an exposé for Sports Illustrated that detailed his steroid use while in Columbia in the 1980s.
3. Miami (Florida)
The insane University of Miami scandal involving Nevin Shapiro -- a former football booster who is currently in prison for supposedly running a $930 million Ponzi scheme -- not only included Shapiro paying for an abortion but also drugsdrugsdrugs.
(Update: The original Yahoo! Sports report doesn't address the issue of drugs, which may or may not have funneled through the University of Miami under Nevin Shapiro's watch. Since Shapiro's imprisonment, he and his convicted felon step-father have been accused of laundering drug money to a group of Turkish terrorists, according to a report in our sister paper Miami New Times.)
2. Colorado In a football (and real-life) version of He Got Game, former Buffaloes head skipper Gary Barnett was eventually forced out in 2005 when, a year before, he was found to persuade recruits with promises of sex and drugs. 1. Oklahoma In 1989, OU quarterback Charles Thompson was busted for selling cocaine to an undercover FBI agent, thus cementing one of the greatest downfalls of a college football superstar. Former coach Barry Switzer wasn't able to survive the craziness and ended up resigning.
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