USC Comments On Bru McCoy Eligibility Status

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    Tennessee wide receiver Bru McCoy. Photo by Rocky Top Insider/Ric Butler.

    The University of Southern California is not standing in the way of transfer Bru McCoy receiving immediate eligibility at Tennessee, USC claims in a statement given to Outkick’s Trey Wallace Saturday.

    “USC has – consistently with NCAA rules – promptly and accurately responded to all requests from the University of Tennessee related to the eligibility of Bru McCoy,” the statement reads. “At no point since Bru entered the transfer portal in January have we objected to him being made immediately eligible to play at Tennessee. The issue of Bru’s eligibility ultimately rests with the NCAA, and we wish him the very best.”

    McCoy transferred from USC to Tennessee in May after playing in just one season in three years at Southern Cal.

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    The five-star recruit early enrolled at Texas out of high school but transferred back home to USC before his freshman season. McCoy didn’t play as a freshman before recording 21 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the five game COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.

    McCoy didn’t play in 2021 after the Los Angeles Police Department arrested him in July of that year on domestic violence charges. A month later, the LAPD declined to press charges against McCoy. Still, USC didn’t admit McCoy back into school, leading to him missing the entire season and eventually entering the transfer portal.

    The McCoy family sued USC last August for not having sufficient evidence to remove him from the university, but dropped the suit after announcing plans to transfer to Tennessee.

    The 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver hasn’t received immediate eligibility and Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel commented on his status Friday.

    “I don’t have an answer on that,” Heupel said about McCoy’s eligibility status during his Friday press conference. “There’s some things that are out of my control, Bru’s control, and our administration’s control in this process. Everybody on our side is working as hard as they possibly can to make sure we come to a resolution as quickly as possible and give a kid an opportunity to go play.”

    McCoy is recovering from an offseason hip surgery while learning Tennessee’s playbook this fall camp. While there’s been a period of acclamation, Tennessee’s coaches praised McCoy’s progression earlier this month.

    The Vols are less than two weeks away from kicking off their 2022 season against Ball State on Sept. 1.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.