Wide receiver Bru McCoy, who signed with USC, then transferred to Texas, then transferred back to USC following the spring, is still seeking eligibility for the 2019 season.
That decision, per Clay Helton, is expected before the Trojans open against FRESNO ST on Aug. 31. Given the lack of precedent in McCoy’s case, how the NCAA will actually rule is a mystery, but presumed negative.
The NCAA will soon decide — even if its guidelines don’t fit McCoy’s circumstances. Until then, the McCoy family just hopes for the best from the NCAA, while preparing for the worst in limbo-land.
“Any time you take a kid that’s like Bru who has never not played, the thought of possibly not being able to play this year is an unbearable thought,” Horace McCoy, Bru’s father, said. “We have to prepare him for that mentally. But right now, it’s a waiting game.”
So is McCoy’s health. Every day for the last seven weeks, the 6-foot-3, 210 pound McCoy has been stricken with a fever doctors cannot explain. His parents have taken him to numerous specialists, searching for a diagnosis. Doctors have treated him for a variety of possible illnesses and bacteria — flu, strep throat, legionella — but as USC’s season approaches, the only answer his family has received is that he has a “fever of unknown origin.”
“All this kid wants to do is play football,” Horace said. “He wants to work out with his buddies and get on the field and do what he does best. You get tried in times like this. He’s as positive as he can, but he’s frustrated.”
“He’s not going to just come right back out here and go,” Helton said. “There’s going to have to be strength and conditioning. There’s going to have to be some change-of-direction movement. It’s going to take time to build that up. He’s gone through a process that I don’t wish on anybody, as far as getting healthy and getting better. We hope to get him out here soon. But it’ll be at a slow pace, at his pace, where he feels comfortable.”
McCoy is already well integrated with the Trojans. On Thursday, he stood up and recited USC football’s “constitution” in front of the entire team.
The team gave him a raucous standing ovation. How long he’ll have to wait for another is the question.
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