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Pachall checks out of the game and into a rehab clinic

Texas Christian, quarterback Casey Pachall and his family have decided to take the player out of the game and enter him into an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Enlarge photo

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Texas Christian, quarterback Casey Pachall and his family have decided to take the player out of the game and enter him into an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Suspended Texas Christian quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Coach Gary Patterson made the announcement Tuesday, five days after the junior starter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his second brush with the law in the last eight months.

Patterson said most of the inpatient programs such as the one Pachall will enter are 30 to 60 days. If Pachall completes the treatment, the door remains open for him to come back to school and the team.

Pachall was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after running a stop sign near the TCU campus last Thursday. That came eight months after Pachall admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test just two weeks before former linebacker Tanner Brock, then his roommate and teammate, was arrested in a drug sting with three other players and other TCU students.

Patterson said he met with Pachall and his parents, and everyone agreed that he needed time away from school and football to get his life back on track.