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The Texas Longhorns were blown out on Saturday by in-state rival Texas Christian 50-7, in a game that was somehow worse than the score indicated, and was exasperated by a couple of incidents on social media.
Texas, which is now 1-4 and 7-11 in two seasons under Charlie Strong, trailed TCU 30-0 at the end of the first quarter and 37-0 at halftime. TCU coasted in the second half, taking their foot off the gas and using backups in a game that could have been much worse.
However, it was at halftime when one social-media moment raised some eyebrows. The account for Texas freshman defensive back Kris Boyd shared (retweeted) a tweet on his account from somebody suggesting he and another player should transfer to Texas A&M (via the Houston Chronicle).
Longhorns player tweets about transferring during halftime http://t.co/29x88a9BTA
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 3, 2015
It is unclear if Boyd or somebody controlling the account made the retweet, but it reportedly happened at halftime while the players were in the locker room.
The second incident occurred later, when the person behind the official account of the Texas Rangers accidentally (presumably) tweeted “Fire Charlie.# bye,” apparently in reference to Texas coach Charlie Strong (via CBS Sports).
— CBS Sports CFB (@CBSSportsCFB) October 3, 2015
An embarrassing loss to an in-state rival? Check.
One of your freshman players seemingly endorsing a request to transfer to another in-state rival during the game? Check.
One of the most popular pro teams in the state tweeting the coach should be fired? Check.
Texas hit the trifecta, and not the good kind.
[UDPATE] The Rangers issued a statement apologizing for the tweet and announcing that the employee responsible no longer works for the team.