Marcus Coker heads to Stony Brook

Former Iowa star running back Marcus Coker has found a new home, and it's in the FCS.

Coker has transferred to Stony Brook, according to Newsday. By moving to a lower level, he will not have to sit out a year, and can play the 2012 season.

As a sophomore, Coker ran for 1,384 yards and scored 15 touchdowns, finishing second in the Big Ten in rushing. But he was suspended for the Insight Bowl and left the team this month. Coker was investigated but was not charged in an alleged sexual assault incident on Oct. 28 in Iowa City. The alleged victim declined to press charges.

"There was an accusation made in Iowa City, but no criminal charges were brought against Marcus," Coker's lawyer, Leon Spies, told Newsday. "He chose to withdraw from the University of Iowa. He has had a great deal of support here within the university community and from family and friends. Everyone is heartened to know he is going to pursue his college career."

Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore told Newsday he felt comfortable accepting Coker into his program.

"I did due diligence with the resources I had to really look at his character and his family background," Priore said. "After the research I did into the allegations, I was comfortable he would be somebody that would be a positive role model moving forward at Stony Brook University."