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Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:53 am
Edited on: January 31, 2012 12:01 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Iowa running back Marcus Coker has found a new home, announcing on Monday that he had transferred to Stony Brook of the Big South Conference on the FCS level.

“I’m very grateful to coach [Chuck]Priore and Stony Brook University for this opportunity,” Coker said in a statement. “I’ve become aware of Stony Brook’s growing football program and outstanding academics. I’m excited for spring practice and the chance to help my teammates win a fourth straight Big South championship.” 

Coker led Iowa in rushing last season, gaining 1,384 yards on the ground and scoring 15 touchdowns for the Hawkeyes. He was suspended for the team's appearance in the Insight Bowl for violating the school's Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

Coker was being investigated for sexual assault after a woman claimed Coker assaulted her in late October. No charges were ever filed against Coker by the woman.

Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore told Newsday that he did "due diligence" in researching Coker's family and personal background and that he felt assured Coker would be a "positive role model" at Stony Brook.

Since Coker is transferring from the FBS level to the FCS level he will be eligible to play in 2012 and has two years of eligibility remaining. Two years in which he plans to finish getting his degree as a double major in physics and astronomy.

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Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:00 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

I will admit that I know nothing about the incident but have heard people question why he would leave if he was innocent. You may recall the Duke lacrosse debacle where the administration threw just about the entire team under the bus of political correctness only to later find out that they were innocent (not "not guilty"). Why would a student want to stay at a university that has just spent several months trying to kick you out (not to mention potenitally charge you with a crime).

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:45 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Stony Brook program:


Reading above link about the astronomy and physics department at his new school and reading between the lines, I get the sense Coker is a very driven individual no matter what he choses to set his mind to. He obviously excelled in sports to be among the best at the highest level and, less obvious to most of us, is career-minded. According to the program description (above URL), class sizes are often 15 students or less, which implies students must command a certain caliber of character to be accepted. Whatever happened at Iowa, whether falsely accused or guilty, Mr. Coker has decided to move on. How funny that we gaff at his lack of interest in attending a football factory school in hopes of working for the NFL. Best wishes to him.

Unfortunately for Iowa's coach Ferentz, during his tenure he's lost more running backs due to injury, discipline and strange issues than any coach on the planet (it seems). Recently, there was the headcase from Sioux City (who also couldn't fit his ego inside a Sooner uniform). There was the potential star who preferred drugs. And, now this — the political hot potato of domestic violence where authorities may not know which side to believe. We readers may never know what really happened and frankly it's none of our business. I applaud Ferentz for reigning in potential problems perhaps to the detriment of the school program and individuals like Coker. No one player or problem can be allowed to be bigger than the institution. This would be a lesson in humility.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:30 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

The administration wanted Coker to admit wrong doing. Coker wasn't going to admit to something he didn't do. Thus the Administration wouldn't lift his suspension. So Coker left. I don't blame him one bit.  The coaches had nothing to do with it.

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:29 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Report an outcome, throw around a couple of facts and allegations and call it a story.  I learned more from the comments than the 'blurb' that someone calls an article.  Modern reporting - just as disposbable as most of the consumables in our society. 

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:13 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Maybe he can join the Physics Club.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:07 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Woman reported sexual assault to police, then decides not to press charges.
Coker says he did nothing wrong.
Who really knows other than the 2 of them.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:02 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

LaMarcus Coker,kicked out of Tennessee in 2007 and went to Hampton U. in Virginia..The Citadel or Furman would have never touched him

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:00 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

saw an article right before the bowl game and he was pissed that he was not eligible even though there were no charges and school exonerated him.

guessing that is why he ditched.

either that or stony brook has women that just all say YES!   

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:56 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Some allegations were brought up about his assault of a woman, but in the end, no charges were filed. An internal inveestigation was done, but the findings are not being released. The allegations happened earlier in the year, but he played in 5 or 6 games beyond that point. 

From what I gather, he transferred primarily because his name was dragged through the mud even though no charges ended up being filed. He decided to go somewhere and get a fresh start...or end, depending how you look at his collegiate career.

Iowa fans will defend him and about everyone else will tell you he's guilty and got off. I was quick to assume guilt, but a man is still innocent until proven guilty.  Mob mentality runs rampant on this site.

You may get someone with better info than me to reply, but that was what I have heard up to this point.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Marcus Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Iowa at best would have made him ride the bench for his remaining eligibility. It's better to play somewhere than not at all. The question I have is NO OTHER FBS would want to look at this guy requiring him to go to the FCS level? Seems strange.

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