Linebacker Jordan Hicks, speaking publicly for the first time since he and quarterback Case McCoy were suspended from the Alamo Bowl last December, apologized for his actions Saturday night after the Longhorns’ final open practice.
Hicks and McCoy were suspended by coach Mack Brown for breaking curfew two nights before Texas’ victory over Oregon State. The suspensions came while San Antonio police were investigating a sexual assault accusation at a downtown hotel, but charges were never filed in the case.
Hicks was not going to play in the game, anyway, because of a groin injury suffered at Mississippi in the third game of the season.
“I was a leader on this team and I was out past curfew. As a leader, I shouldn’t have done that,” Hicks said Saturday night. “I haven’t had the chance to apologize to the whole fan base, and I would like to do that.
“I’ve done everything I can to earn back the respect of this team and I think I’ve done that.”
Hicks said the most difficult part of the matter was “having to face the team, the people I’ve earned trust with, the people I love and care about.”
“They’re my brothers,” he added. “Having to face them and tell them I had to leave from the bowl game and wasn’t going to be there to support them during the game, that was the toughest thing.”
Hicks said he returned home to Ohio after being suspended and watched the game on television.
“It was hard,” he said. “It was very tough, very tough. But I was so excited for our team to pull out a victory like that.”
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