When the news first broke that Texas had suspended quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks for a curfew violation (via ESPN), that didn't sound right to me. After all, college football players have done much worse things than failing to find their bed at a late hour.
So the news that two Texas players are being investigated on sexual assault allegations now sheds much more light on the subject and brings the suspension into clearer focus.
Granted, no one is officially saying that the two players being investigated are McCoy and Hicks, but you do the math.
If true, sexual assault is, of course, a much more serious charge than a simple curfew violation and would warrant almost any coach to take whatever precautions he needs to in order to maintain a posture of cooperation with the law.
McCoy is the brother of NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, and while he has started just one game this season and Hicks has missed most of the year with a hip injury, curfew is the kind of stuff coaches routinely sweep under the rug.
Look, if a woman says no, it's no, and to allegedly take advantage of someone like that is just repulsive, even for college students.
Though no charges have been filed, the evidence is mounting that the two players the woman accuses to be involved in the alleged incident are McCoy and Hicks. For one thing, Brown refused to identify which specific rules had been broken. Further, the two students being investigated are Texas football players. Again, you do the math here.
It is important to note that no one is being charged with any crime, though the news about the assault does bring the whole picture into focus.
It's a Texas-sized story.