Coach Mack Brown has reinstated linebacker Jordan Hicks and quarterback Case McCoy to the Longhorns football program, according to Ben Kercheval of College Football Talk. The two had been suspended due to their involvement in a sexual assault case in San Antonio.
McCoy threw for 722 yards and six touchdowns while splitting time with starter David Ash this past season, while Hicks racked up 17 tackles before being lost for the season with a hip injury.
The facts of the case remain hazy, but according to KENS5 of San Antonio, a young woman invited two Texas players into her hotel room while they were out partying then made allegations of sexual assault to San Antonio police.
The two have not been charged in any way, but the report claimed that Hicks and McCoy were the center of the investigation.
Coach Brown did not tie the investigation to the players' suspensions, instead stating that the two were suspended for breaking team rules according to a previous report from Kercheval.
Upon their reinstatement, Brown again put the focus on the violation of team rules rather than the investigation, stating in the press release:
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. That discipline will be handled within the team.
The two seniors will have a lot of work to do to regain that trust, but the Longhorns will be happy to have both back.
Meanwhile, the investigation has not yet been concluded, and the two players have not yet been ruled out as suspects. This remains a situation worth monitoring going forward.