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Gary Patterson Finally Talks About Drug Numbers

TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson finally broke his silence and talked to reporters after spring practice to discuss the drug issues that hit his team:

"The most disappointing thing for me is our whole team felt like, after watching for two days, that we all of a sudden went from good to everybody is bad, and that's not true," Patterson said before a dozen members of the media, including five television cameras. "We spend 90 percent of our time on 10 percent of our kids that are knuckleheads. We're not going to quit having knuckleheads. Nobody is. Not at any other school in the country."

Patterson confirmed that he tested his players for drug use Feb. 1 but would not comment on the results.

"You want an exact number and the world is not about exact numbers," he said. "I know what the exact number is. Somewhere between that five (as the Star-Telegram reported Feb. 16), and maybe it's five, maybe it's 82. The key is what we're trying to do about it. And we're going to keep fighting it. The reality is always somewhere in between. That's not going to change. There's not a school in the country that's drug free."

Of course Petersen is going to say that the drug use was not as bad as people are saying it was, he has to protect his team. Even though the number of players who failed the drug test will probably never be released, the way that TCU handled this as quickly as they did is commendable.

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