May 5, 2016
Texas A&M wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead issued an apology Thursday for his late-night rant Wednesday, which was seemingly aimed at Tate Martell, who decommitted from A&M on Wednesday.
“Last night, I made some impromptu comments on social media out of frustration and out of a true love for Texas A&M Football,” Moorehead wrote on Twitter. “I want to apologize to all of the young men in high school who work so hard to achieve their dreams of playing college football & I wish them all well wherever they end up.
“I also want to apologize to Coach [Kevin] Sumlin and the Aggie Family for not representing our university the right way. I need to do better and I will.”
Moorehead, 35, sent out multiple tweets Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning bemoaning a lack of “loyalty.” Many viewed his initial tweet as being aimed at touted quarterback Martell, who announced on Twitter he was reopening his recruitment. Martell joined an ever-growing string of quarterbacks to back away from the Aggies, as Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray each left the school after last season.
The 5’10” Martell is considered the nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback and No. 33 player in the 2017 class, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. Moorehead denied his initial tweet was about Martell but added fuel to the fire by doubling down on his comments:
That only served to make things worse, as Moorehead’s comments apparently cost the Aggies another recruit. Mannie Netherly, the 27th-ranked receiver in 247Sports’ 2017 composite rankings, took to Twitter and announced he was decommitting because of Moorehead.
“After tonight I see what kind of person my ‘future coach’ is & I myself don’t wanna play for someone like that so without further ado I would like to announce that I am decommiting [sic] from Texas A&M,” Netherly wrote.
Sumlin also addressed the controversy Thursday, indicating Moorehead’s Twitter privileges may be on the outs, per ESPN.com:
Let me say this: I was made aware of it and I’ve addressed it with [Moorehead] and we’re still working through it. He’s taken responsibility for his actions and then we’ll move on from there. Basically, that discussion has been had and obviously Aaron has taken responsibility for what he did. … We’ll see what happens from here on out.
Our policy has been if you abuse the privilege, you lose the privilege. I’ll put it that way.
Apparently, that’s what Moorehead gets for not following the first rule of Twitter: Never tweet. Now it appears he won’t be able to.
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