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College football roundup: Texas reportedly suspends QB McCoy, LB Hicks

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Two Texas players were suspended a day before the Valero Alamo Bowl game against Oregon State for breaking team rules, and multiple media outlets indentified those two suspended players as quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks.

McCoy is the brother of NFL quarterback and former Texas star Colt McCoy. Case McCoy started one game this season for Texas and five last season. David Ash had been named the Longhorns' starting quarterback for the Alamo Bowl two weeks ago.

Hicks was a starter but he missed most of the season because of a hip injury.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced the suspensions of on Friday morning during a news conference before Saturday's game in San Antonio. He didn't identify the players or specify the rules that were violated.

A report by KENS-TV on Friday morning indicated that two Texas players were under investigation by San Antonio police for an alleged sexual assault that occurred early Friday morning at a hotel. No charges had been filed.

There is no confirmation that the two Texas players being investigated by police are McCoy and Hicks.

According to KENS-TV, a woman told police that she met two Texas football players and invited them to her room. She later accused them of sexual assault.

---Chris Ault, who is credited with inventing the Pistol offense, announced on Friday that he is stepping down as Nevada's head football coach after 28 years in the position. He said his resignation is effective immediately.

Ault, 66, was Nevada's head coach for three separate stints - 1976-92, 1994-95 and 2004-present - so this is the third time he has resigned as the Wolf Pack's head coach. He finishes with a coaching record of 233-109-1, and in 2002, Ault was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

---Former Louisville football player Patrick Grant has sued the university and coach Charlie Strong, asserting that he was forced to lie about a 2010 locker-room attack by two teammates that left him with a serious injury.

The lawsuit was filed Dec. 21 in Jefferson Circuit Court, alleging that Louisville violated NCAA rules when the school withdrew his athletic scholarship because a doctor told him that he could no longer play for the Cardinals due to the injuries. Grant claims that Strong promised to keep him on scholarship but then reneged.

Smith is seeking compensatory damages and restoration of his scholarship.

---Georgia Tech junior safety Isaiah Johnson, the team's leading tackler this season, will miss the Hyundai Sun Bowl game against Southern California because of an injury.

Coach Paul Johnson confirmed that Johnson would not play Monday, saying only that the injury was in the "lower extremity."

Johnson had 87 tackles, including four tackles for loss, and an interception this year. Last season, he started all 13 games and ranked second on the team in tackles.

---Butch Davis may become the next head coach at Florida International, according to Fox Sports, if Davis and the University of North Carolina can come to an agreement about money owed to Davis from a settlement he signed with UNC when he resigned in July 2011.
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