Suspended Texas Christian University 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 past eight months.
Patterson said most of the inpatient programs like 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 was arrested in a drug sting with three other players and other TCU students.
GEORGIA: Safety Bacarri Rambo hasn’t yet returned to the All-American form from his junior season in his two games back from suspension
“My time’s coming,” Rambo said. “I knew I was going to be a little rusty.”
• Quarterback Aaron Murray returned to practice after traveling back earlier in the day from Tampa, Fla., where his father underwent surgery Monday for thyroid cancer.
“He has a lot going on, but he’s able to focus in,” linebacker Christian Robinson said of Murray. “It is more important, his family, but he decided to come back to practice.”
• Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones didn’t practice Tuesday because of a right ankle sprain.
• Receiver Michael Bennett had surgery for his ACL injury at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday.
“Surgery went great!” Bennett tweeted.
He is expected to be discharged from the hospital today.
TENNESSEE: Derek Dooley is recovering from surgery on his fractured right hip and will coach from the press box Saturday at No. 19 Mississippi State.
The school announced Tuesday that Dooley had experienced increasing pain in his right hip over the past two months. Dooley underwent an MRI on Friday that showed he had a fracture.
IOWA: Cornerback Micah Hyde says he made a stupid mistake and let a lot of people down after being arrested in Iowa City last weekend.
Hyde apologized to his family, coaches and teammates on Tuesday in his first public comments since being booked on suspicion of public intoxication and interference with official acts early last Saturday.
Coach Kirk Ferentz has removed Hyde, a three-year starter, as a team captain.