During Colt McCoy’s college career, he was twice named an All-American, scored a school-record 102 touchdowns and won a NCAA-record 45 games. McCoy was the quintessential Longhorn quarterback – talented, productive and likable. But his wife, Rachel, made some controversial comments Tuesday, claiming that boosters frequently approach student-athletes at the University of Texas with improper invitations.
Rachel McCoy called in to ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” to discuss relationships between boosters and football players, as well as between agents and her husband. She asserted that athletes were offered things like “a dinner, a hunt, a fishing trip,” also adding, “At Texas, you’re taught to take absolutely nothing.”
University of Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds swiftly responded.
“We take compliance very seriously at Texas,” Dodds said Wednesday in a statement. “We have procedures in place that enable our coaches, student-athletes and administrators to make the right choices. We are performing our due diligence as always to make certain there are no outstanding compliance issues.”
The comments made by Rachel McCoy and the statement issued by Dodds come on the heels of fiascos unraveling at Ohio State and the University of Southern California, where improper benefits were given to star players and punishments were retroactively handed down. Between the two programs, 30 scholarships, two years of bowl eligibility, a Heisman Trophy, a national championship, a head coach and a starting quarterback were lost. Incidents like these lead many to believe that a culture of corruption characterizes college athletics, especially in college football.
“People in Texas are just being friendly, they don’t mean anything by it at all,” she said. “You cannot expect 19- to 20-year-old kids to say no to free stuff when they’re in college.”
While there could not have been much malice behind her words, it remains baffling as to why she would randomly call into a radio show (one of the nation’s most-listened to radio shows, at that). What’s even stranger, however, is what she said once she made the call. She questions what “grown, adult men with law degrees” would get out of extending a dinner invitation, but fails to realize the dire consequences that could befall a program (see Ohio State and
USC) if those invitations are accepted.
“It’s hard because you have adults who you respect and who you think will know what’s right and wrong,” Rachel McCoy said. “My joke is that my biggest competition with Colt is not girls, it’s 40-year-old men who just want to say, ‘Hey, I did this with Colt’ and ‘Hey, I did this with his teammates.’”
This is not to say that Rachel McCoy is a bad person or even what she did was all that bad — it was merely startling and ill-timed, considering the violations and sanctions that have dominated college football headlines recently. More importantly, her comments are unlikely to trigger investigations or consequences like they did at Ohio State and USC. Nevertheless, the call and the comments made during the call should not have been made.
Rachel McCoy and Cowherd spent six minutes wondering why boosters wave perks under student-athlete’s noses or why agents kept bugging Colt when he was in college. Now, Texas fans are left wondering what compelled Rachel McCoy to have that conversation in the first place.