Defensive end Mike Tuaua and wide receiver Andre Petties-Wilson have been reinstated to TCU’s football team, according to Coach Gary Patterson today. The players were reinstated to the team on Wednesday after TCU’s judicial committee cleared them. There doesn’t appear to be anything keeping them out of Saturday’s game at home against the Longhorns, but Patterson didn’t confirm whether or not they would play. He did say that the two were back to practicing with the team.
While this is great news for the Frogs, who need every eligible player they can get suited up on Saturday, it should be noted that the TCU judicial committee is completely different than a criminal court. Tuaua and Petties-Wilson still face charges after being arrested earlier this month on a charge of felony robbery. The two allegedly kicked and punched a fellow TCU student and stole a case of Keystone Light beer from the student and his friends outside of a party. Those charges have not been dropped and Tuaua and Petties-Wilson will still have to appear in court.
Patterson has said that Tuaua is "the most-liked kid we have on our team beside Trevone Boykin." He also told the media last week, "We’ll find out what the facts are. It’ll all come out." Today he said, "As an ambassador for this university, I’m sad for all parties, not just my guys, that the incident happened…They’ve had a three-game suspension. I’m saddened that the whole situation went down. Hopefully my guys learn from it."
WFAA has reported today that the criminal charges have been dropped against Tuaua and Pettis-Wilson. The article quotes a Fort Worth Police Sgt as saying, "The victim refused to pursue criminal charges" and "The case has been closed." There has been no further information regarding whether or not Tuaua and Pettis-Wilson will play in tomorrow's Homecoming game against Texas. We will continue to update this story as we get more information.