On Sunday, Texas Athletic Department released a statement stating that suspended players Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks are back on the team. Below is the entire statement which can be found at www.texassports.com
Texas Football updates following the Longhorns’ team meeting Sunday night, their first since the 31-27 Valero Alamo Bowl victory over Oregon State. Classes at UT begin on Monday.
• Mack Brown on the status of LB Jordan Hicks and QB Case McCoy: “Jordan Hicks and Case McCoy have rejoined the team. 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.”
• Rising fifth-year seniors OG Thomas Ashcraft, TE Trey Graham and DT Kyle Kriegel have all either graduated or will graduate this spring and have elected to give up their remaining football eligibility to prepare for their futures.
• Texas has four newcomers joining the team as January enrollees. Junior college transfer TE Geoff Swaim (Chico, Calif. [Pleasant Valley HS/Butte (Calif.) Community College)] is joined by true freshmen LB Deoundrei Davis (Cypress, Texas [Cypress Woods HS]), OL/DE Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas [Celina HS]) and QB Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas [Whitewright HS]). The four have enrolled in school, will begin classes this semester and be a part of spring practices. Their joining of the program will be addressed in detail along with the rest of the signing class on National Signing Day, which will be Wednesday, Feb. 6.
My Take:This is a strong indication that charges will not be filed against Jordan Hicks or Case McCoy. I doubt Mack would allowed them back on the team if there was any indication that charges would be filed.
The departure of Thomas Ashcraft, Trey Graham, and Kyle Kriegel leave only 3 members of the 2009 recruiting class still on the team (Mason Walters, Garrett Porter and Chris Whaley). A top 5 recruiting class produced very little difference makers (except for Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor) and was a disappointment to say the least. But not all is lost, they are graduating and moving on from football with a degree. That’s an accomplishment that those men should be proud of regardless of the results on the field.