It wasn’t a secret Kingsbury was leaving
Before McCoy transferred from USC to Texas, it was practically common knowledge that Texas had the inside track to land him. It seems pretty clear that 247 Sports made their decision to include him in the rankings of whatever team he’d transfer to knowing full-well that this team would almost certainly be Texas. I honestly do not believe that 247 Sports would have made the same decision had McCoy been looking to transfer to Texas A&M.
Due to the fact that McCoy decided to transfer from USC to Texas, he should have to sit out a year before he is eligible to play. However, it is likely that he will appeal for a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility to play at Texas.
In doing this, McCoy would likely cite Kingsbury leaving USC as the reason why he shouldn’t have to sit out. This wouldn’t exactly be an honest claim though, as reports were already surfacing the day before McCoy had enrolled at USC (and three days before he enrolled in classes) that indicated Kingsbury was considering resigning from USC to pursue NFL head coaching opportunities.
Even if he didn’t see the reports, one would at least have to think McCoy knew that it was likely Kliff wouldn’t be his offensive coordinator for all of his time at USC. After all, Kliff was a hot commodity, and he had lots of interest from NFL teams prior to taking the USC job.
If McCoy had cared that much about having an offensive coordinator he had a relationship with, he should have waited to sign and enroll with USC until their offensive coordinator position was solidified. Given this, McCoy should have to sit out a year for transferring as well as not be counted as a part of Texas’ recruiting class.
With the addition of McCoy to Texas’ class, Texas moved up to No. 3 from No. 5 in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. This caused Texas’ class to jump Texas A&M’s class, which now sits at number four in the rankings. Including McCoy in Texas’ class ranking was an obvious attempt to make sure that Texas signed a higher rated class than Texas A&M.