UPDATE: Two Texas Longhorn Football Players Accused Of Sexual Assault In San Antonio
UPDATE: Mack Brown disclosed at his press conference Friday morning that two players have been suspended for the game and sent home for violating team rules. He didn't get into specifics, wouldn't name the players specifically, and wouldn't indicate if either is a starter. When asked if the team had a curfew on the trip, Brown responded with "Any other questions?" The Longhorns are scheduled for a walk through at the Alamodome this afternoon. Original story follows.
On my radio show this week, I somewhat tongue in cheek said that the college football calendar is broken down into distinct seasons. Winter is recruiting season, spring is spring football, summer is preseason, and obviously fall is the regular season.
However, I continued, there is one very short season unto itself. It's the period in between the regular season and the start of bowls where some teams are suspending a handful of players for academic or discipline issues. Oftentimes, the discipline problems are petty things like missing team meetings, drinking, or whatever.
But if reports coming out of San Antonio are true, two Texas Longhorns may be wrapped up in something far worse than minor infractions, and suspensions from the Alamo Bowl would be the least of their issues.
According to a report from KENS in San Antonio, two Longhorn players are being investigated for a sexual assault that allegedly took place early this morning at a San Antonio hotel:
Police were called at 2:48 a.m. Friday to the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in the 200 block of North St. Mary.
A woman told police she met two UT players out partying overnight and invited them back to her room at the Holiday Inn. She later made the allegations of sexual assault to police.
Officers said University of Texas football coaches have been notified of the situation. The players have had initial talks with police and were expected to be further questioned by police sexual assault detectives Friday morning.
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Currently, since no arrests have been made, it's not been made public which players are at the center of the accusations, but reports have indicated that one of the two is indeed a starter for the Longhorns.
The alleged victim is a 21-year-old woman who attends Texas Tech. She was reportedly in San Antonio with friends, and after the alleged assault took place, she told one of her roommates who then called SAPD. Also, according to the KENS report, there was a second roommate of the alleged victim who was so incapacitated from alcohol intake that she was oblivious that there were police in the room treating it as a crime scene.
The investigation is ongoing. The Longhorns face the Oregon State Beavers in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday evening.
Here is video of this morning's report of the investigation from KENS 5 in San Antonio:
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