Earlier today, news broke that two then-unnamed football players were being investigated for sexual assault. Though no charges have been filed nor arrests made, police are investigating a claim made by a San Antonio woman that she invited junior linebacker Jordan Hicks and junior back-up quarterback Case McCoy up to her hotel room after meeting them earlier in the evening. She claims that she was then sexually assaulted by the two players.
Jordan Hicks was sidelined early in the season with a hip injury and has missed the remainder of the season since. There is thought that he would likely apply for a medical redshirt following the season. Case McCoy has seen the field several times this season, even starting for the injured David Ash vs. the Kansas State Wildcats.
Though the game is secondary in light of this situation, in the event of an injury to Ash in the bowl game, the Longhorns will likely be forced to use punter Alex King at the position so as not to pull the redshirts off of freshmen quarterbacks Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet.
There have been no more details released as of yet, but the Texas staff made the right decision in suspending these players and sending them home. At best, they violated team rules. At worst, the woman’s accusations could be true and they could be facing criminal charges.
However, it’s important to wait until more details are released before passing judgement on either party involved, but one thing is certain; Hicks and McCoy should never have allowed themselves to be put in such a situation.
Regardless, here is hoping that the truth comes out soon and that justice be done.