With Texas getting ready to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl Saturday evening, they will be doing so without quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks as the two were suspended for breaking team rules. If this wasn’t bad enough for the two players, the San Antonio police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that took place with the two suspended players being at the center of the incident.
Texas coach Mark Brown had discussed what was going on during a scheduled news conference Friday about the suspensions. He also addressed a KENS-TV report in San Antonio that police were talking with two unidentified Texas players regarding an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the city, where Oregon State will play Texas on Saturday at the Alamodome. Brown said, “This has been reported: We had a couple young men that broke team rules last night. They have been suspended from the team and they will be sent home. They will not be available for the game and I will not address any more questions in that matter.”
Though Brown did not say which rules were broken or name who the players were, someone with knowledge of the suspensions told The Associated Press that it was due to violating team curfew. Brown said that, “You have policies that you go by … so we understand that when you have an issue, you deal with it and move forward.” Brown also talked with his players early in the day and sent them the same message.
McCoy, who is the brother of NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, started five games last season and only one game this season. Hicks was a starter but because of a hip injury missed most of the season. KENS-TV on Friday morning quoted San Antonio police as saying the two Texas players are being questioned about sexual assault allegations. No charges have been filed at this time. Matthew Porter with the San Antonio police said, “No arrests have been made; (the case) is still being currently investigated. There is no timetable for the investigation” to be handed over to the district attorney.” San Antonio police spokesman Sgt. Javier Salazar said, “It’s a very meticulous process. As far as these investigations go, it’s very early.” He discussed that detectives are in the early stages of investigating a case involving an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the downtown area. Investigators are in the process of collecting forensic evidence and talking to witnesses.
According to a police report, the incident took place on Friday morning from 2:00 – 2:40 a.m. when a 21-year-old woman asked two men to come up to her hotel room. The names of the two individuals were not in the report but shows that they are students and that one is 21 while the other is 20. The woman told police that she had several drinks while at a nightclub as well as the hotel bar before asking the two men to her room. The report lists the woman as saying, “I don’t exactly remember.” Also in the report, the woman says she had sex with one of the men while the second man “just stood there and watched.” She repeated in the report that, “I don’t quite remember.” Police reported that they noticed bruises on the woman’s left bicep and right knee.
The report says that after the woman talked with the police; she was taken to the hospital and seen by a sexual assault nurse examiner. Also, the two suspects were taken to the same hospital to be examined by the nurse.
Ben Turner, who is the acting manager at the Holiday Inn on San Antonio’s Riverwalk, said between 2 and 3 a.m. that police were called Friday to investigate an alleged sexual assault. Turner said that the staff was cooperating with the police.
Texas Suspends Two on Eve of Alamo Bowl
Two University of Texas players were suspended on Friday, the day before the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State. The players have been accused of sexual assault, although they have not been arrested or charged with a crime.