January 22, 2013

Spotlight Already Bright on Casey Pachall

Over the weekend a couple of pictures of TCU quarterback Casey Pachall were released into the Twitterverse. There was nothing wrong with the pictures. The pictures simply showed Pachall getting a new tattoo on his right arm. The pictures were re-tweeted by many and quickly spread to numerous message boards. The problem is fans and non-fans of TCU want to make things like this into a big deal. The spotlight on Casey Pachall has officially been turned on, and the light will only get more intense from this point forward.

As I said, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the pictures yet I have read comments like "this excessive tattooing is further indication of the obsessive compulsive behavior that he is trying to tackle" or "having a lot of tattoos sends the message that the person is reckless and irresponsible." Now I know not to take most things said on message boards seriously, but it still baffles me that people think this way. Numerous TCU athletes have tattoos, are they all battling obsessive compulsive behavior? Is everyone with multiple tattoos irresponsible?

The point of this column is not to discuss the morality of tattoos, but it's to point out the fact that the spotlight will be directly on Casey Pachall for all of 2013. It will not matter what he does because everything will be over analyzed. I can already hear the comments now, "Casey had a bad game, is he drinking again?" "I saw Casey at such and such place, shouldn't he be home?" Just watch, because it will happen, I guarantee it.

The attention Pachall will receive this season is the one area that should concern TCU fans the most. How will the added interest in his situation affect him on and off the field? Not only does Casey have to focus on school and overcoming whatever substance issues he might have, he also has to deal with people analyzing and judging his every move.

I trust that TCU has the right people in place to handle the situation. They have been very protective of Pachall thus far and I don't expect things to change any time soon. The problem is you cannot monitor a person 24 hours a day. Situations like the tattoo photos arise and people start talking. The funny thing is, it wasn't even Casey who tweeted the photo to begin with.

The spotlight will be bright on Casey Pachall in 2013. If the Frogs have the kind of season everyone wants them to have, the intensity could be even greater. I trust TCU and I trust Casey, I'm just not sure if I trust everyone else.

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