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Longhorns McCoy and Hicks lose in court of public opinion even with no charges pending

Longhorns McCoy and Hicks lose in court of public opinion even with no charges pending

Case McCoy
Texas Longhorn quarterback Case McCoy kansascity.sbnation.com
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Texas Longhorn Jordan Hicks Courtesy of dailytexanonline.com
Case McCoy
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They may be guilty of bad judgment, but Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks committed no crime, at least according to their attorneys, if not yet confirmed by the San Antonio Police Department, and the quarterback and linebacker are back on the University of Texas Longhorns football team.

Upon their reinstatement, head coach Mac Brown issued the following statement:

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.

Hicks attorney, Perry Minton spoke to the Austin American-Statesman last Wednesday, and while he says the case is closed, SAPD says the "case is still being reviewed."

McCoy and Hicks were suspended from the Texas Longhorn football team and sent home just days before the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The young men were out on the town as you might expect college football players to be. They were suspended for staying out past curfew and there is where the bad judgment starts.

The saying goes "nothing good ever happens after 2:00 a.m." and it held true this night for McCoy and Hicks. According to an SAPD complaint, the two were partying with a young adult woman who invited them back to her hotel after closing time. 

At the hotel, again according to the complaint, one of the men had sex with the woman as the other watched. 

Bad judgment is not against the law and neither is stupidity, but when you happen to play college football for the Texas Longhorns and when your name happens to be McCoy, well, in the court of public opinion the law means very little and the expectations for conduct suggest something on the other side of stupidity.

It's hard to feel sorry for either McCoy or Hicks. Whatever happened that night (and let's assume assault did not), McCoy and Hicks are guilty of stupidity and have earned the nasty stuff said about them. Further, they broke team rules on the night before their bowl game. They let their coaches, their fans and their team down, not to mention destroying their own personal integrity along the way.

There is one more point to be made here. Brown needs to look closely at the discipline and control he has over the team. If two of his star players — identified leaders of the team — can do something this stupid, exhibiting judgment this bad, what does it say about the team as a whole and the men who lead it?