‘Injustice’: Baylor football players tweet displeasure with Art Briles’ firing

Earlier this week, the only name on college football fans’ lips was “Ken Starr,” as rumors swirled of the Baylor University president’s firing in response to the school’s sexual assault scandal. On Thursday, that whirlpool abruptly changed directions, as news broke of the ultimate coaching staff shakeup: Art Briles is out.

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Baylor University's board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Baylor University’s board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles “with intent to terminate.” Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

The school said in a statement that it was “horrified” at what was revealed in an independent investigation report from law firm Pepper Hamilton. The resulting personnel changes announced Thursday went all the way to the top, but according to the university, Starr is sticking around, albeit not as university president.

SEE PHOTOS OF ART BRILES THROUGH THE YEARS

And even before the official word came from Baylor University officials, the school’s football team had already expressed hard feelings about head coach Briles’ ouster.

Baylor linebacker Taylor Young was among the most vocal on Twitter.

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Outside the locker room, the conversation predictably went many different ways, from satisfaction over the coach’s exit …

… to shock …

https://twitter.com/gnewburn/status/735871334199263232

https://twitter.com/OldRowSports/status/735867228873101312

… to disappointment.

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But a consistent thread across social media was asking, “What’s next?”

https://twitter.com/jeramye/status/735870459397451777

https://twitter.com/alexcomer_/status/735870225556574208

Watch the video below to learn what could be next for the Baylor football program.

Author: Staff Writer

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