The Texas Longhorns hit another bump in the road of rebuilding their football program back into a national power. Recently a former player, DeShon Elliot, made accusations on Twitter. Elliot was a safety for the Longhorns and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of this year’s draft.
He made claims that the staff at Texas were “bad talking” him and that they should “keep his name out of their mouth.” Elliot has since deleted the tweets but it seems that his time at Texas did not end well. It has been rumored that this all stemmed from a pool party that Elliot threw and current Longhorn players were encouraged not to associate with him.
Head Coach Tom Herman said he was “disappointed” and “surprised” by the comments. Herman went on to wish his former player well and seemed to try to get past the issues a quickly as possible.
While this is not a huge deal and certainly not something that will lead to any type of punishment, it still is a bad look for a coaching staff trying to build something. There is now at least a shadow of a doubt on how well players are treated under Herman’s regime and I can promise the rest of the Big 12 will use that against them on the recruiting trail.
This controversy is something that only helps the Red Raiders football program. For several years now, starting with the Charlie Strong era, there has been a narrative that Texas is not a place that great players want to play. Tech fans know all too well how hard it is for a coach to change a reputation once it has been embedded into the national conversation. Coach Kingsbury is still fighting the “coach bro” stigma even though his program continues to be one of the toughest on players that have off field issues. Once a coach, especially a first time head coach, is labeled as something it is very hard to get that label off.
Players will continue to want to go to schools that put them in the best position to take the next step to the NFL. Even with less than ideal seasons current and former players seem to continue to stand behind Coach Kingsbury and his staff and Tech fans can only hope that the continued negative attention in Austin will help push top recruits to the South Plains.