All of the fun surrounding the Longhorns' upcoming Alamo Bowl appearance has been put on hold, as a police investigation has been launched against two Texas players who have been sent home.
According to multiple sources, including KENS 5 in San Antonio, "two University of Texas football players are at the center of a sexual assault investigation." From the report:
Police were called at 2:48 a.m. Friday to the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in the 200 block of North St. Mary.
A woman told police she met two UT players out partying overnight and invited them back to her room at the Holiday Inn. She later made the allegations of sexual assault to police.
Since no arrests have been made, the two players' identities have not been released, per Lindsay Schnell of The Oregonian.
Mack Brown says up front that 2 players broke rules, have been suspended & sent home. Didn't say who they were.— Lindsay Schnell (@LindsayRae19) December 28, 2012
The fact that they were sent home seems to indicate that, at the very least, the players broke the team's curfew. Then again, the Longhorns might not have had such a measure in place.
When asked if the team had a curfew at Friday's coaches' press conference at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, Brown responded with, "Any other questions?"
The coach would not indicate if the two players were starters (also via Schnell).
This latest incident is, at the very minimum, a major distraction for the Longhorns. If the allegations turn out to be true, however, a woman will have to overcome both physical and mental trauma and two young men's futures will have been drastically altered.
What should have been a wonderful time in a fantastic city has now become a horrific experience for all those involved.
Note: Several media outlets have leaked the names of two Texas players who have been reportedly sent home. Since the university has not confirmed the players' names, we will not speculate on the identity of the two players due to the serious nature of sexual assault allegations.