Texas reinstates Jordan Hicks, Case McCoy

By Matt Hinton | Blogger

Case McCoy has appeared in 21 games at Texas, with six starts. (US Presswire)

Less than three weeks after they were suspended indefinitely amid accusations of sexual assault, two Texas players, quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks, have been reinstated to the team. Coach Mack Brown confirmed the players' return on Sunday, adding that repercussions for unspecified violations of "team rules" would be handled internally.

"Obviously when you break team rules there's a certain amount of trust that has been broken, and that will be addressed with further discipline," Brown said in a statement released by Texas. "That discipline will be handled within the team."

McCoy and Hicks were both sent home from San Antonio on Dec. 28, one day before the Longhorns' 31-27 win over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, as San Antonio police looked into a report of sexual assault filed by a 21-year-old woman. According to a police report, the woman met two male students at a local club and, after several drinks, invited them back to her hotel room. There, she said, one of the men had sex with her while the other stood and watched, although she didn't remember the incident in detail.

The investigation did not result in any charges or arrests. San Antonio police would not confirm that the men named in the report were Texas football players, and the team would not confirm that the subsequent suspensions were related to the investigation.

Last week, an attorney representing Hicks released a statement denying the charges against his client and claimed the investigation into Hicks and McCoy had been closed with no charges pending. San Antonio police, however, quickly refuted that claim, saying in a statement that the case was still under review by the department's Special Victims Unit.

McCoy, younger brother of ex-Longhorns star Colt McCoy, played in nine games in 2012 with one start in place of injured starter David Ash, a 42-24 loss at Kansas State in the regular-season finale. For his career, McCoy has passed for 1,756 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions and is expected to serve as a backup again this fall in his final season of eligibility.

Hicks, a former five-star recruit out of Cincinnati, began the season as a full-time starter after standing out in a part-time role in 2011, but ultimately missed the final ten games due to a lingering hip injury suffered in a Sept. 15 win at Ole Miss. Before the suspension Brown had described Hicks as a team leader. He'll be a senior this fall, and he could be eligible for a fifth year of eligibility because of his injury.

 
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