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Texas A&M’s Sumlin disciplines tweeting assistant

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has disciplined an assistant after he went on a Twitter rant when the Aggies lost a top recruit.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has disciplined an assistant after he went on a Twitter rant when the Aggies lost a top recruit. AP

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin hit wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead with an undisclosed punishment for his social media rant last week following the decommitment of a 5-star quarterback prospect.

Sumlin released a statement Monday saying that Moorehead’s actions “reflected poorly on Aaron, on our football program and on Texas A&M. He has apologized publicly and privately for his actions and I am confident that he understands the expectations moving forward. However, there are consequences for actions and Aaron has been disciplined and the details will remain private. We will use this as a learning tool for all of our coaches, staff and student-athletes, and we are now moving forward as a program.”

Moorehead tweeted about the lack of loyalty in today’s young players six minutes after Tate Martell, the nation’s No. 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback out of Las Vegas, Nev., announced on Twitter that he was reopening his recruitment.

Martell committed to A&M last August and was on campus as recently as April for A&M’s Friday Night Lights spring football event.

Moorehead claimed on Twitter that his initial tweet was not directed at Martell, but it quickly resulted in A&M losing a 4-star wide receiver and another prospect dropping the Aggies from consideration.

Sumlin first addressed the issue last Thursday during an SEC spring teleconference. Sumlin addressed his social media policy on the call: "It's America. Our policy has been abuse the privilege, lose the privilege."

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