Gil LeBreton

Aggies lost their cool and a recruit in Twitter trap

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin saw an assistant coach’s Twitter gaffe turn into a lost recruit this week.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin saw an assistant coach’s Twitter gaffe turn into a lost recruit this week. AP

Twitter, the official online app of the drunk, baked or momentarily ill-advised, claimed another victim this week.

We’re talking about Texas A&M receivers coach Aaron Moorehead, who took to the Twitterverse late Wednesday night to chide the disloyalty of decommitting quarterback Tate Martell.

Moorehead later apologized, but argued, “I wasn’t even talking about who everyone thinks I’m talking about.”


At least he didn’t say his cell phone had been hacked. The “I got hacked!” alibi has replaced “The dog at my homework” as America’s go-to lame excuse.

With its140-character limit and one-click nuclear launch code, Twitter also has become the digital Gotcha of the new millennium. There’s no recall button. Plus, the small character count leads to all sorts of truncated jargon and hashtagged misunderstandings.

Minutes after Moorehead’s tweets, Aggie four-star receiver recruit Mannie Netherly of Crosby tweeted that he, too, was decommitting.

“I see what kind of person my ‘future coach’ is and I myself don’t wanna play for someone like that,” Netherly wrote.

Moorehead had a right to be upset, but he should know better. Teenaged high school athletes, faced with what often is the most impactful decision of their lives, frequently change their minds. In Tate’s case, he was recruited by former Aggie offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who was replaced in the off-season by Noel Mazzone, an ex-assistant at TCU under Jim Wacker.

Mazzone and Tate never forged a relationship, the recruit’s dad has been telling the media.

Moorehead likely will keep his job, but he can expect head coach Kevin Sumlin to remove his Twitter privileges.

Sumlin breezily dismissed the incident this week. His growing mob of khaki critics, however, will view it as yet another sign that Sumlin’s program is in disarray.

Pardon the mixed alibi, but the Aggies would have been better off had Reveille just eaten Moorehead’s cell phone.

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