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Report: two Longhorns part of sexual assault investigation

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In December of 2012, during the run-up to Texas’ appearance in the Alamo Bowl, quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks were indefinitely suspended by then-head coach Mack Brown in the midst of an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault. Neither player was ultimately charged.

A year and a half later, and under new head coach Charlie Strong, a seemingly similar situation has arisen.

According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, “[t]wo… Texas football players were questioned by campus police as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.” The football players accounted for two of the three questioned in connection to the on-campus incident.

The names of the players have yet to be made public; that follows a similar track to the McCoy/Hicks imbroglio.

Interestingly, Bohls made sure to note the following in his report:

Strong has firm beliefs about how his players should act around women. One of his stated five “core values” is to treat women with respect. He has said previously that violating one of his five core values was a sure way for a player to lose his scholarship.

Whether the loss of a scholarship added to potential charges for the two unnamed players is/would be in play remains to be seen.

Boo birds triggered Garrett Gilbert’s transfer from Texas

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And now we know the rest of the story — although we kind of figured this was how it played out all along.

In an interview with NFL.com, former SMU quarterback and current draft hopeful Garrett Gilbert opened up about his transfer from Texas in 2011.  Specifically, Gilbert acknowledged that the incessant booing he received at home as he attempted to replace UT legend Colt McCoy played a significant role in his decision to leave the Longhorns.

“Hearing boos again, not really being able to shake that, at that point I kind of knew it might be time to start over and wipe the slate clean,” Gilbert said, according to NFL.com. “It’s tough to sum up quickly. For whatever reason, things didn’t work out. I think that led to some forcing the ball, trying to force things to happen. Maybe I read the papers a little too much, as well.”

Gilbert was UT’s starter in 2010, and then the first two games of the 2011 season. Following a miserable performance in Week 2 against BYU — a week after suffering a shoulder injury — Gilbert was dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart behind sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash in the week leading up to the UCLA this past weekend. The shoulder injury officially ended his season in mid-September; one month later, he was given a release from his UT scholarship.

In early November of 2011, Gilbert, a five-star member of UT’s 2009 recruiting class who nearly helped the Colt McCoy-less Longhorns upend Alabama in the BCS title game that season, transferred to SMU, finishing out his career with the Mustangs.

Oregon interceptions sink Texas in Alamo Bowl

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You would think that holding Oregon to just one offensive touchdown would be enough to beat the Ducks.

Not in Monday night’s Alamo Bowl.

Oregon stole two Case McCoy passes and returned them for touchdowns and Marcus Mariota passed for 253 yards and rushed for 134 as No. 10 Oregon crushed Texas, 30-7, in Mack Brown’s last game as the Longhorn head coach.

Oregon improved to 11-2, while Texas fell to 8-5. The Ducks have now won at least 11 games in each of the last four seasons.

While much of the focus was on Brown’s exit from coaching, there was less talk about the retirement of Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. As a fitting tribute, Oregon held Texas to just 236 total yards, including 56 in the air. Avery Patterson and Derrick Malone both had pick sixes and the Longhorns were able to convert only 6 of 17 third down conversions.

The only bright spot for Texas was running back Malcolm Brown, who rushed for 130 yards on 26 carries.

The only thing that kept Oregon from truly blowing this game open was Mariota’s knee issues. As good as he looked in the first half, his knee appeared to stiffen up in the third quarter and that seemed to limit what the Ducks could do.

Now that this game is over, Texas can start focusing on its future. Who will be the new head coach? What kind of style will the Longhorns run? This is still a team with a lot of talent, but it has lacked a sense of urgency in recent years. If the new coach can light a fire under this roster, look out.

As for the Ducks, look out for them again next season. This is still a very young team and Oregon will have most of its best talent back, including Mariota, who will be a prime Heisman contender as long as he stays healthy. With Stanford losing much of its defense, Oregon will have to be considered the Pac-12 favorite and, once again, a legitimate national title contender.

Marcus Mariota tearing it up in first half against Texas

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Marcus Mariota is back.

The Oregon quarterback, who was slowed by a knee injury during the latter part of the regular season, looked as good as ever in the first half of the Alamo Bowl against Texas. The sophomore put up 262 yards of total offense (130 passing, 132 rushing) as the Ducks jumped out to a 20-7 lead over the Longhorns.

Things didn’t start out well for Texas as quarterback Case McCoy’s second pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Avery Patterson. But the Longhorns hunkered down and got their physical run game going, with Malcolm Brown churning out 113 yards on 18 carries.

A close 13-7 game turned in Oregon’s favor late in the half when the Ducks drove 88 yards in seven plays and wound up in the end zone as Mariota found Josh Huff for 16 yards.

This Oregon offense is showing signs of that unstoppable force that was at one time a national title contender. The Ducks will get the ball back to start the second half, which means Texas is in danger of letting this one get out or control. Unless the Oregon starts making some mistakes, Mack Brown’s final game could end up being a forgettable one for the Longhorns.

Sneak Peek: 2013 Alamo Bowl

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WHO: 10-2 Oregon (Pac-12) vs. 8-4 Texas (Big 12)

WHAT: Alamo Bowl (21st year)

WHERE: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

WHEN: Dec. 30 at 6:45 p.m. ET

WHY: No. 10 Oregon takes on Texas in Mack Brown’s last game as the Longhorns head coach. Both teams had their eyes on far grander prizes just a few short weeks ago — Oregon was a legit national title contender while Texas merely had to beat Baylor in its final regular season game to win the Big 12 title. Neither scenario worked out and so instead we’ll get one of the best matchups of the bowl season in San Antonio.

Oregon has one of the most prolific offenses in college football, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, who put up 3,994 yards of total offense and a combined 39 touchdowns this season. He recently announced he’ll be returning for his junior season. The Ducks average 47 points and 573 yards per game, so the Texas defense will have its hands full.

The Longhorns offense is a bit more basic and relies on a power running game featuring tailbacks Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, who combined for 1,115 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Senior quarterback Case McCoy will close out an inconsistent career for Texas. He passed for 1,885 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 picks in 2013.

Both teams have dangerous weapons in the return game — De’Anthony Thomas for Oregon and Daje Johnson for Texas can both break it at any time. The Longhorns will have the edge if it turns into a kicking contest as Anthony Fera is one of the best placekickers in the country.

Oregon is the clear favorite overall, though, and it will take an emotional effort by Texas on Brown’s behalf to come away with a win.

PREDICTION: Oregon 45, Texas 24