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Current, former, and future Texas players react to Tom Herman’s firing

The reaction from some former players illustrated the extent to which Herman alienated his first group of Longhorns.

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On Saturday morning, the Texas Longhorns announced the termination of head coach Tom Herman after four seasons and a 32-18 record that included four bowl wins.

The news clearly caught some current players by surprise, but other former players took to Twitter to share their dislike of their former head coach. Meanwhile, at least one 2021 signee affirmed their commitment to playing on the Forty Acres despite Herman being fired.

Redshirt junior wide receiver Joshua Moore thanked Herman for giving him a second opportunity after his arrest prior to the 2019 season. Moore sat out that year as punishment, but returned to lead Texas in receptions (30), receiving yards (472), and receiving touchdowns (nine).

Junior tight end Jared Wiley thanked Herman as well.

Other players expressed their surprise.

Redshirt junior nose tackle Keondre Coburn used the opportunity to advocate for a defensive coaching staff that helped the Longhorns rebound from a disappointing 2019 season that resulted in the termination of defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and every defensive assistant except for defensive line coach Oscar Giles.

Redshirt senior cornerback Josh Thompson joined Coburn’s plea.

Caden Sterns, who opted out of the bowl game and declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, brought a sober perspective to his own take on Herman’s firing.

Some of Herman’s former players celebrated, like running back Chris Warren, who planned on transferring following the 2017 season before eventually declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Former offensive lineman Brandon Hodges expressed a similar opinion.

Charles Omenihu and DeShon Elliott both deleted tweets featuring opinions that were clearly critical towards Herman and their time playing for him at Texas.

Former linebacker Tim Cole expressed a desire for the fanbase to come together behind Herman’s replacement.

As for future Longhorns, 2021 linebacker signee Terrence Cooks expressed his commitment to playing for Texas and its next head coach.

Offensive lineman Hayden Conner also affirmed his plan to suit up for the Horns.