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:
Senior cornerback Ryan Reid:
Senior safety Orion Stewart:
Junior linebacker Taylor Young:
Former Baylor player and current Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard:
Iowa recruit Eno Benjamin: