Wide receiver Bru McCoy is looking for a fresh start in Tennessee football, as more information emerges about his tumultuous departure from Southern Cal.
McCoy’s troubles at USC have been widely reported. However, a Los Angeles Times investigative report this week sheds light on the details of his departure, a process that began with his arrest and suspension from USC.
McCoy announced his move to UT on May 3rd. However, he told 247Sports that he informed UT of his decision at the end of March. Presumably UT reviewed McCoy’s situation in the weeks in between.
Under NCAA rule, the university cannot comment on McCoy, a commitment, until he enrolls or submits financial aid documentation, which should be later this month. McCoy could not be reached for comment.
The circumstances of McCoy’s departure from USC are notable in UT’s decision to accept his transfer. But you could also consider his eligibility to play for the Vols in the 2022 season.
The NCAA allows players to transfer once without missing a season. In the spring of 2019, McCoy enrolled at USC, transferred to Texas a few weeks later, and then transferred back to USC in the summer.
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McCoy would need a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately after moving to UT. He still has three seasons of eligibility.
McCoy, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, is a talented wide receiver who could help UT’s record-breaking offense. The former five-star recruit would be one of the top wideouts in the Pac-12 before his 2021 season was derailed.
Where does McCoy’s off-the-field situation stand?
McCoy was arrested July 24 on suspicion of intimate partner violent crimes after an alleged incident involving his ex-girlfriend, whose identity was protected in court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
However, the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office declined to pursue charges of insufficient evidence in a case of “he said she said domestic violence.”
McCoy was suspended from USC campus during a Title IX investigation, but this was later amended to allow him to attend in-person classes. Title IX, best known for calling for justice in athletics, also requires investigations into allegations of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, assault, or other violations of a school’s antidiscrimination policy.
The Title IX lawsuit was dropped in February because McCoy’s ex-girlfriend USC said she would not cooperate at a hearing or give the school access to her medical records, the Los Angeles Times reported.
McCoy was removed from the football team and did not play in the 2021 season during the Title IX investigation. He entered the transfer portal in January.
McCoy’s ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him, which the court upheld in January. It stipulates that McCoy cease all contact and remain at least 100 meters from her until January 28, 2023. He was ordered to pay $40,000 in damages and $30,000 to cover her legal fees.
Why Bru McCoy was arrested by the LAPD
The Los Angeles Times reviewed hundreds of documents for its report. In court filings obtained by the Los Angeles Times, McCoy and his ex-girlfriend deny what happened.
According to the message:
- On July 24, after 3 a.m., McCoy arrived at his off-campus residence with his sister and USC teammate Chris Steele. McCoy testified that his ex-girlfriend was waiting for him at the residence.
- Later that day at 5:30 p.m., police were called after McCoy’s ex-girlfriend was treated at an emergency clinic. McCoy was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at his home and was released later that night on $50,000 bail.
- His ex-girlfriend said McCoy “kicked and punched me several times in the ribs, choked my neck, then headbutted my nose and broke it, spat in my face repeatedly, pinned me and forced me with my arms to break me.” even hitting your face and head.”
- She said she suffered a broken nose, muscle spasms, a concussion without consciousness, pleurodynia, a right arm contusion, chronic pansinusitis, head trauma, rib pain and a posterior chest wall contusion, bruises and scrapes. McCoy’s attorneys argued there was a lack of evidence the ex-girlfriend was hurt. In a September ruling, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said there was “several hearsay evidence” regarding her injuries.
- McCoy denied her allegations and directed his own against his ex-girlfriend, alleging that she used physical violence against him. He submitted videos from the night of the incident, but a Supreme Court judge found that none corroborated his version of events.
A month after his arrest, prosecutors refused to bring charges against McCoy due to a lack of evidence.
Why USC suspended Bru McCoy
On July 28, McCoy was expelled from USC campus and its activities.
After the district attorney refused to press charges, USC maintained its removal order and continued its Title IX investigation.
McCoy’s attorneys failed in several attempts to get a higher court to stay USC’s deportation order. But in September, USC changed the order, allowing him to attend on-campus face-to-face classes but maintaining his suspension from the football team.
In January, McCoy entered the transfer portal. USC dropped its Title IX lawsuit in February after his ex-girlfriend said she would not cooperate at a hearing. Her injunction had already been upheld by the court.
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