• Two Longhorns suspended for Alamo Bowl after being accused of sexual assault, reportedly Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks

     

    Quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks have been suspended for the Valero Alamo Bowl on Saturday after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman early Friday morning, according to multiple reports.

    McCoy, a junior, started one game this season and has been a part of a quarterback battle with David Ash for much of the year. Hicks, also a junior, has missed the majority of the season with a hip injury that has sidelined him since the third game of the year.

    Head coach Mack Brown would not give the names of the accused while addressing reporters Friday. The names of the players were blacked out on the police report.

    This means that there is a good possibility that senior punter Alex King could be the Longhorns' backup quarterback Saturday. He was their backup quarterback when David Ash missed Texas' last game, a loss to Kansas State, with a rib injury.

    According to a San Antonio Police Department report on the alleged incident obtained by The Daily Texan, San Antonio police were dispatched to an undisclosed location after receiving a report of an alleged rape at 2:49 a.m. Friday.

    The alleged victim was crying when police arrived on the scene. She told police she had been drinking at a hotel bar with the two suspects before bringing them back to her hotel room where she was raped.

    Police observed bruising on her right knee and left bicep. She was transported to Methodist Specialty Transplant Hospital in San Antonio.

    "No arrests have been made. As far as the investigation goes, it is still being currently investigated," Porter told ESPN.com. "There is no timetable for the investigation" to be handed over to the district attorney.

    Matthew Porter, San Antonio Police Department spokesman, said under state law the names of alleged sexual assault suspects cannot be released until a warrant has been issued for their arrest, and the names of alleged sexual assault victims can only be released during trial.

    Texas (8-4) faces Oregon State (9-3) in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night.

    Reporting by Chris Hummer, Christian Corona and David Maly was used for this story.

     

  • Kabongo suspended 23 games by NCAA, will make debut Feb. 13 against Iowa State

    The NCAA has suspended sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo for 23 games, making him eligible to play his first game this season Feb. 13 against Iowa State.

    Kabongo "accepted impermissible benefits and then provided false statements about the situation", according to a statement released by the NCAA on Friday. He will repay approximately $475 in impermissible benefits to a charity of his choice. Texas self-imposed a 10-game suspension for Kabongo and requested the NCAA to reinstate him Nov. 13, four days after its season-opening win over Fresno State.

    Kabongo missed his 11th game Wednesday, when the Longhorns beat No. 23 North Carolina, 85-67. The NCAA initially suspended Kabongo for the entire season last Friday before Texas appealed the decision Thursday and got the suspension reduced to 23 games.

    "He made some mistakes early in this process, and he put himself in a tough position," head coach Rick Barnes said of Kabongo in a statement released Friday. "Despite what happened, he has been a great leader for this team and we will count on him to continue that as we move forward. When I talked to him tonight after the decision had been made, Myck's thoughts were only about our team and our program. That is a tribute to Myck and his family, and it tells you everything you need to know about Myck."

    While the NCAA's release states that Kabongo "provided false and misleading information during separate interviews with university officials", Barnes' statement claims that "he was truthful and forthcoming when he talked with the NCAA."

    The NCAA's statement also says that Kabongo "accepted airfare" and "personal training instruction. Yahoo! Sports reported in October that the NCAA was investigating allegations that Kabongo had a flight to Cleveland and workouts with former Longhorn and longtime friend Tristan Thompson in May paid for, possibly by agent Rich Paul. Among those represented by Paul include Thompson, former Longhorn Cory Joseph and Miami Heat superstar LeBron James.

    "We are glad this is now behind us and happy Myck will get an important part of the season back," men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds said in a statement released Friday. "Myck has grown through this experience and continues to be an important part of the team. I know he will continue to be that and we're all looking forward to seeing him back on the court later this season."

    Texas has gone 7-4 for this season in Kabongo's absence, falling to Chaminade, a NAIA squad, and USC in the Maui Invitational in November. The Longhorns lost consecutive games again this month when they fell to Georgetown and UCLA. They scored just 41 points in the loss to the Hoyas, the fewest in a game during Rick Barnes' 15-year tenure as Texas' head coach, and blew an eight-point lead with less than three minutes left in the defeat to the Bruins.

    The Longhorns have also been without sophomore forward Jaylen Bond for all but five minutes against Chaminade this season while he nurses a left foot injury. They picked up their first big win of the year over the Tar Heels this week, a resume-building victory that should give them confidence heading into a matchup against No. 20 Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday.

    Freshman Javan Felix has started each of Texas' 11 games at point guard with Kabongo sidelined. He's averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 assists per game this year, shooting 31.3 percent from the floor.

    Kabongo, who is projected as an early second-round pick by CBSSports.com and Draftexpress.com, averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 assists per game as a freshman last year. He will miss key conference games against Baylor (Jan. 5), Kansas (Jan. 19) and Oklahoma State (Jan. 24).

  • Longhorn golfer Jordan Spieth to pursue professional career

    Longhorns’ sophomore golfer Jordan Spieth announced Friday that he will forego his remaining collegiate eligibility in order to pursue a professional career.

    It was uncertain whether Spieth would return to Texas for the Spring 2013 semester after he failed to earn his PGA Tour card at Q-School last month. He will have no status on any professional tour, and he will compete in PGA and Web.com Tour events on sponsor’s exemptions and Monday qualifiers in an attempt to earn enough money to reserve a spot on the PGA Tour.

    Spieth was named Big 12 Player of the Year as a freshman last season, and he was vital to the Longhorns’ national championship run in 2012. The sophomore was having another strong season for Texas this year, but he decided that declaring professional status was the necessary decision for his future.

    “The decision to turn pro was a difficult one, but I'm looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level and accomplishing the many goals I've set for myself on and off the course," said Spieth. "I owe everything I've achieved thus far to the support of my family, friends, teammates, and The University of Texas. While I'm proud of what my teammates and I have accomplished, I couldn't be more excited to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a professional golfer."

    Although the loss of Spieth will hinder the Longhorns’ chances of repeating as national champions in 2013, head coach John Fields is happy for the All-American and believes that his team will be ready to compete without him.

    “Jordan Spieth is a remarkable young man," Fields said. "Though he is leaving early, he has left a positive, indelible mark on The University of Texas and our program. Jordan is first class - first class as a student, first class as a teammate. We will certainly miss him, but our future remains bright, and like him, this is a new beginning for all of us."

  • Bryan Harsin officially becomes head coach at Arkansas State, Major Applewhite to take over playcalling duties

    Former Longohrns offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has officially been named the head coach at Arkansas State, Texas announced Wedensday afternoon.

    With Harsin's departure, Major Applewhite will retain his title as co-offensive coordinator and will now assume the playcalling duties while wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator. Among the other staff changes are Stacy Searels' move from offensive line coach to assistant head coach for offense. With the promotion of Wyatt, who tight ends coach Bruce Chambers split recruiting duties with, Chambers will now handle the recruiting responsibilities on his own.

    Texas also announced that it will begin looking for a running backs coach, a role that Applewhite had while serving as co-offensive coordinator for the last two seasons.

    "[Bryan] has done a tremendous job fo us, and we appreciate all the energy he's poured into our program the past two seasons," Longhorns head coach Mack Brown said in a statement. "He's a bright young head coach with great enthusiasm and passion for the kids and the game. He'll do a tremendous job at Arkansas State. Because of the great support and resources [men's athletics director] DeLoss Dodds, [UT president] Bill Powers and The University of Texas provide us, our coaches are well compensated and in a position that they can focus all of their energy on our program and be patient when it comes to future opportunitites. We're excited for Bryan because after visiting with the folks at Arkansas State, he feels like it is a great situation for him. We're happy any time our coaches have the opportunity to be a head coach. I think that is a great reflection of the types of coaches we are fortunate enough to have in our program."

    Applewhite, who left Texas as its all-time leading passer in 2002, was a graduate assistant for the Longhorns from 2003-04. After spending a year as the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse (2005), Rice (2006), and Alabama (2007), he returned to Texas to serve as the running backs coach. In 2010, he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator following the departure of Greg Davis.

    He'll make his playcalling debut when the Longhorns take on Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

  • Reports: Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to be named Arkansas State head coach

    Bryan Harsin's brief tenure as Texas' co-offensive coordinator appears to be over.

    Harsin, who joined the Longhorns' coaching staff last January, will be named Arkansas State's head football coach Wednesday, according to multiple reports, one by AStatenation.com's James Bryant among the first. Since he took over as Texas' co-offensive coordinator, Harsin's offense ranked in the bottom half of the Big 12 in both scoring and total offense in each of his two seasons on the job. This will be Harsin's first college head coaching job.

    After Texas went 5-7 in 2010, the program's first losing season since 1997, Harsin was one of six new members to join the Longhorns' coaching staff before the beginning of the next season. Garrett Gilbert won a four-man battle for the starting quarterback spot before the 2011 campaign but underwent season-ending shoulder surgery and transferred to SMU after starting only two games. David Ash and Case McCoy have had their moments but have failed to separate themselves from one another since.

    Harsin takes over for an Arkansas State team that went 9-3 and won its second Sun Belt Conference title since joining the league in 2005. After less than a year on the job, former Red Wolves head coach Gus Malzahn left to become the head coach at Auburn, where he was an offensive coordinator from 2009-11. Senior quarterback Ryan Aplin passed for 3,129 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions last year. Aplin will leave Arkansas State as the Sun Belt's all-time leading passer.

    Malzahn became the second straight coach to use Arkansas State as a stepping stone to the SEC. His predecessor, Hugh Freeze, went 6-6 in his first season as the head coach at Ole Miss this year.

    A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to make Harsin's hiring official.  

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