Backup quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks have been suspended by the Texas Longhorns for Saturday's Alamo Bowl matchup against the Oregon State Beavers.
Mack Brown addressed the issue at his press conference on Friday, courtesy of KENS5.com's Gary Cooper and Marvin Hurst:
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.
There is no official word on why either player is suspended for the bowl game. However, it seems unlikely that Texas' game plan will be hampered by the loss of either player.
It had been previously announced that David Ash would start at quarterback for the bowl game, though McCoy was instrumental in getting the Longhorns there. Taking over for an ineffective Ash, McCoy led Texas to a late-game comeback over Kansas and actually started in the team's final regular-season game against Kansas State.
McCoy, who is the younger brother of Texas legend Colt McCoy, ends the 2012 season with 722 yards and six touchdowns against three interceptions. Though he had been the more effective quarterback for much of the season, it seems like Mack Brown views Ash as the signal-caller of the future.
Hicks' absence won't exactly leave the Longhorns hurting on the field, either.
After appearing in the first three games of the season and recording 17 total tackles, Hicks played sporadically in the remaining nine games. He failed to record a tackle in the final nine games of the season, as a groin injury hampered his junior campaign and he eventually fell down the Texas depth chart.
Nevertheless, this is the type of distraction that no team wants before a bowl game. The Longhorns went a disappointing 8-4 this year, and Brown's squad undoubtedly wanted to end the season on a high note.
Suspending two players isn't exactly the best way to start that process.