Charlie Strong, the first-year coach of the Texas Longhorns, surely didn't want his tenure to start in a negative light.
Strong has suspended wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander from the football team following their arrest for sexual assault on a female student back in June.
Bail is set at $75,000 for Meander and $95,000 for Sanders, who also was charged with improper photography.
Strong released a statement on Thursday condemning the alleged actions of his players.
"We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall and Montrel since it was brought to our attention," Strong said in the statement.
“It’s been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I’m extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that. With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions.”
Barefoot and Dishevelled
According to the arrest affidavit, the police responded to a report of a sexual assault at 3:43 a.m. on June 21 and found the alleged victim crying under a desk, “barefoot and her hair disheveled.”
She told officers that she had agreed to have consensual sex with Meander in his dorm room, but that they were interrupted when Sanders knocked on the door.
The alleged victim said Meander then left the room and Sanders took off his clothes and forced himself upon her.
The affadavit went on to say that the alleged victim repeatedly told Sanders to stop and tried to push him away but that Sanders continued to engage in vaginal and anal sex. When Meander came back into the room, he and Sanders continued the alleged assault together.
The affidavit also stated that the alleged victim suspected one of the players of taking photos or video after noticing a flash during the incident.
Police found at least one photo of the woman on Sanders’ phone after getting permission from Sanders and Meander to look through the pictures on their phones.
Sanders ranked third on the team in receptions and receiving yards last season. Meander redshirted last season as a freshman.