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Texas officials refuse to comment on Casey Horny hire

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The former Baylor staffer was outspoken in his support of Art Briles.

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When contacted by writers for the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News, Texas Longhorns officials declined to comment or did not respond to the request for comment about the hire of former Baylor Bears staffer Casey Horny.

While Horny was the assistant director for football operations at Baylor, he sent out multiple tweets supporting former coaching Art Briles, including the #TRUTHDONTLIE hashtag that was popular with coaches.

However, once Horny was hired by the Longhorns to a similar position, which he announced on Wednesday, he went back and deleted several of those tweets, while leaving up several more that expressed support for the character of Briles and seemingly criticized the media for covering the scandal in Waco.

The response from Texas fans largely opposed the hire, including the reaction in this space. I was contacted by multiple people who expressed their concern to the Texas administration, including system chancellor Bill McRaven, president Greg Fenves, athletic director Mike Perrin, and head coach Tom Herman.

On social media, there was much of the same.

If you would like to email Fenves to express your thoughts on Horny’s hire, you can do so at president@utexas.edu. Perrin is at ad@athletics.utexas.edu and Herman is at hfc@athletics.utexas.edu.

Sexual assault survivor and advocate Brenda Tracy also offered her thoughts:

Because the details of the Baylor scandal were so heinous and Horny was so outspoken in his support of Briles while never mentioning the impact the actions of the football staff had on the victims, it’s worth repeating that concerned fans deserve an explanation.

The Longhorns are in the midst of an ongoing public relations problem and are actively choosing not to address it with any type of statement.

That’s as disappointing as the hire itself.

Be better than this, Texas.