Baylor announced Thursday that it intends to terminate head coach Art Briles in response to its investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations involving football players.
Briles reportedly informed his players of the decision to fire him via text message just before the news was made public.
“This is Coach Briles,” Briles reportedly wrote. “To current and former players, hurtful to report that there’s a release coming out at 11 a.m. and it’s to declare that I’m no longer the head football coach at Baylor University.
“Due to this early release I’m sorry that I can’t talk to y’all in person. It looks the remainder of the staff will stay intact which is beneficial to y’all. I sincerely appreciate your love, trust and loyalty. Stay strong, stay motivated, stay faithful, love ya forever. #Family.”
In response, various players reacted to the decision on Twitter.
Sophomore defensive tackle Andrew Morris:
Junior linebacker Raaquan Davis:
WOWWWWWW BROOOOO😡😡😡😡😤😤😤😤😤— Raaquan Davis (@RDavis_BU) May 26, 2016
They don't even know the real ART BRILES... Damn Shame bruh— Raaquan Davis (@RDavis_BU) May 26, 2016
Senior cornerback Ryan Reid:
Wow 😪...— RR9. (@iamryanreid) May 26, 2016
You don't turn your back on the leader at all! I'm right behind him through it all!— RR9. (@iamryanreid) May 26, 2016
Forever green and gold. I don't condone violence of any kind sexual or domestic. A few bad situations don't make our football team.— RR9. (@iamryanreid) May 26, 2016
Coach B when God closes one door he opens another! I love you man!— RR9. (@iamryanreid) May 26, 2016
This is a new era in college football were we can see now that no type of violence is acceptable. Still Baylor proud!— RR9. (@iamryanreid) May 26, 2016
Senior safety Orion Stewart:
Only reason I'm here today is Coach B.. Took a chance on a skinny ass kid wit barely any offers but had had faith in me and I did it 4 him!!— Orion Stewart (@OStewBU) May 26, 2016
The respect I have 4 that man y'all don't even understand.. I'll put my all on the line 4 him‼️‼️‼️— Orion Stewart (@OStewBU) May 26, 2016
Coach B just sent me a 3 word text... And I almost lost it smh love you boss man!!— Orion Stewart (@OStewBU) May 26, 2016
Junior linebacker Taylor Young:
Former Baylor player and current Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard:
Iowa recruit Eno Benjamin:
So glad I made the right choice and decided not to pursue Baylor. Smh— Eno Benjamin™ (@eno_benjamin5) May 26, 2016