While the Georgia Tech football team is in El Paso, Texas preparing for Monday’s 79th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, a former Yellow Jacket prize recruit was in Fulton County Jail after being arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a woman’s purse at a Buckhead nightclub over the weekend.
Denzel McCoy was charged with theft after reportedly stealing the purse on Saturday from Dive Bar and then making charges with the victim’s credit cards. Another unidentified suspect allegedly stole the victim’s iPhone.
McCoy was a standout defensive lineman at Duluth’s Northview High School and had offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Stanford and Florida State before committing to the Jackets in 2009. He was a redshirt freshman in August 2011 when the school announced that his playing career was most likely over due to a medical condition that was later disclosed as myocarditis. McCoy reportedly is still on scholarship while serving as a Tech student assistant.
The Georgia Tech Athletic Association released a statement indicating it had learned of McCoy’s arrest on Wednesday.
“While at Tech, McCoy received a medical exemption, which means that he has remained on scholarship while pursuing his undergraduate degree. … However, McCoy is no longer a participating member of the football team and did not accompany the Georgia Tech football team earlier today when it traveled to El Paso (Texas) for the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” the statement read.
In an unrelated news item involving Tech football, while McCoy was not in El Paso Wednesday night at a Sun Bowl function - the "Sheriff's Posse Dinner," – neither were the Yellow Jackets’ opponent, Southern Cal. At least not when Georgia Tech was there as the Trojans showed up more than 90 minutes late for the bowl-sponsored dinner function, long after the reportredly miffed Georgia Tech coaches and players had left.
Tech is playing in its second consecutive Sun Bowl after falling to Utah 30-27 in overtime in 2011. The Jackets, 6-7, face Southern Cal, 7-5, in a game set to kickoff Monday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. It will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools and the first in 39 years when USC defeated Tech 29-18 in 1973.
This is the Yellow Jackets’ 15th consecutive bowl appearance, tied for the fourth-longest active streak among FBS schools, and Tech will be playing in its 41st bowl game overall (22-17).