Former University of Houston guard Justin Murphy took it to social media to announce he’s no longer part of the football team there.
But that was not all on his mind.
According to a story by Saturday Down South, Murphy went on a huge Twitter rant/thread explaining on his departure, stating that he is part of the senior class that is ‘experiencing a head coach and administration to actively tank a football season.’
Down below are a few of his tweets from Murphy’s account that explains some of the events leading up to leaving the program.
My name is Justin Murphy. And according to sources I am no longer apart of the 2019 Houston Cougar Football Senior Class. A senior class that is the first group to experience a head coach and administration to actively tank a football season. (THREAD)— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
(1/2) To give a little chronological context as to why I am no longer with the team, I want to take it back to how the season began. We started off the season on a primetime Sunday night vs. Oklahoma University.— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
(2/2) After receiving a tick in the loss column, we would go on to play 4 games in 19 days. A schedule unprecedented.— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
After going more into details regarding his situation, including some devastating injury news, Murphy said that his current head coach Dana Holgerson asked him and several other seniors if they can redshirt this season and come back for next season.
That Monday I learned that the Head Coach of the Houston Cougars football team had personally contacted several seniors and asked them if they would redshirt for the 2019 football season, in order to “develop” and come back in 2020.— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
All seniors which greatly contributed to the little success we had done up to that point. Two of the seniors would go on to accept this invitation, including the preseason Heisman dark horse QB.— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
My reaction can be summed up by a quote I said earlier in the season, “I call bullshit when I see it.” As a second time graduate transfer that was recruited to Houston on verbal confirmation that we intended to win now, Coach’s actions in a lot of way’s proved otherwise.— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
He went on to conclude his thread with saying there’s ‘no love lost’ between him and Holgorson, but when it came time to say he was done with the team, the former Cougar was shocked—and puzzled—by his coach’s reaction.
Safe to say there was no love lost between myself and the ole’ head coach. Only reason I say this is because when I went to say my piece on the matter and to swallow my pride and thank him for this opportunity, I was met with a reaction I did not expect.— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
Holgorsen sat at a desk, eyes glued to a monitor and replied with 13 words. “I don’t have time to talk, I only have time to coach.” and “O.K.” As if I didn’t deserve an eye to eye farewell or a proper handshake.— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
As a person that is guaranteed a non-salary compensation of S3.4 million to go along with a $300,000 base salary for the 2019 year, one might think you’d have a better outlook on the players that contribute to your compensation. I mean this is a team sport, right?— Justin Murphy (@JMurphy_73) October 11, 2019
Murphy would go on to add a few more tweets in the thread, and concluded it by thanking his teammates and the university by being part of the team during his time there.
Let’s say it is a very weird and sticky situation down in Houston.
You can view the full thread by going on his profile here.
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