It’s been three weeks since Iowa stunned most observers by announcing Marcus Coker had been released from his scholarship. So, with the Hawkeyes squarely in his rear-view mirror, the running back has taken the next step in rehabbing his collegiate career.
Stony Brook University head coach Chuck Priore confirmed to New York Newsday that Coker has officially transferred from Iowa, enrolling at the Div. 1-AA (FCS) school Monday ahead of his participation in spring practice. Coker’s departure from the Hawkeyes was cloaked in mystery, with the back investigated for sexual assault but never charged because the [alleged] victim didn’t want to press charges.”
Priore said the school did an extensive background check on Coker prior to his enrollment yesterday.
“I did due diligence with the resources I had to really look at his character and his family background,” Priore told the paper. “After the research I did into the allegations, I was comfortable he would be somebody that would be a positive role model moving forward at Stony Brook University. He’s a very good student in the classroom, a very reserved, quiet kid.
“When I met with him, most of the conversation for three hours was about, what do we offer academically? ‘How many credits will transfer, and can I graduate on time?’ He’s exactly on schedule to graduate in eight semesters.”
At Iowa, Coker was a double major: physics and astronomy.
In 2011, Coker led the Hawkeyes in rushing with 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns, but was suspended for Iowa’s bowl game for violating unspecified team rules. Coker was a four-star member of Iowa’s 2010 recruiting class coming out of high school in Hyattsville, Maryland, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 22 RB in the country.
“I’m very grateful to coach Priore and Stony Brook University for this opportunity,” Coker said in a statement. “I’ve become aware of Stony Brook’s growing football program and outstanding academics. I’m excited for spring practice and the chance to help my teammates win a fourth straight Big South championship.”