TCUer SUSPENDED AFTER ASSAULT, BUT NOT BEFORE GAME: A college football player was suspended from his team after assaulting his wife - but not before he played in last weekend’s game:
TCU’s DAILY SKIFF reports that Horned Frogs WR Walter Bryant was arrested last Wednesday for attacking his wife during an argument. Fort Worth police say Bryant slapped her in the face, knocking her down, and slapped her again when she tried to get up.
Despite the charges last week, Bryant remained on the TCU football squad. He was even released on bail and journeyed with the team to Stanford, seeing some action in the Horned Frogs’ 38-36 win over the Cardinal.
Earlier on Tuesday, coach Gary Patterson had said that Bryant’s status on the team stayed “unchanged”, and that he was eligible to play in Thursday’s game against Utah. It wasn’t until late Tuesday evening that Bryant was finally given a suspension.
AD Danny Morrison defended himself from the delay in discipline by quoting the student-athlete handbook in regards to such affairs. He notes the book states that punishment for such an offense is “to be handled by the coaching staff of the respective athletic program.”
Hey, you need all the help you can get when facing mighty Stanford. They did beat #2 USC the previous week (and lost big to every other Pac-10 opponent they faced).