Twitter takes over Texas

Texas head coach Charlie Strong watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Kris Boyd had to learn the hard way just how much trouble a tweet can cause.

At halftime of Texas’ 50-7 loss to TCU, Boyd retweeted a Texas A&M fan who said, “Whenever ya’ll [sic] are ready to transfer… We’re ready.”

“He told me that’s what he’s always done,” senior Duke Thomas said. “He’s always been a halftime-on-the-phone kind of guy. I was like, you can’t do that here, it’s not the same as high school. You’re at the University of Texas. All that stuff gets blown up.”

Boyd later issued two apologies, one of which said, in part, “I deeply regret my actions and want to reassure everyone that I am 100% committed to this team and program.”

But just two days after Boyd’s halftime tweet, Twitter was once again the center of attention on Monday.

It all started with junior Dylan Haines suggesting there’s a disconnect between the freshmen and upperclassmen.

“A lot of people wanna talk about these freshmen and this freshman class coming in, us playing a lot of freshmen,” Haines said. “That’s great for them, but the team starts with the seniors and the juniors. A lot of them just wanna go out and play, and that’s all they wanna do and that’s all they know cause that’s all they did in high school.”

Freshman defensive end Charles Omenihu responded with a simple “LOL” and a message to “Remember to think before you speak.”

And freshman receiver DeAndre McNeal posted a long message saying in part, “We haven’t won anything to have people calling out others…. Us freshman [sic] are go getters and we don’t accept mediocre anything.”

At a time when head coach Charlie Strong is trying to keep his team from splintering, social media is putting Texas’ in-fighting out there for all to see

“I think everybody needs to just stay off of social media, really, personally,” junior Paul Boyette, Jr. said. “We just need to get back and regain our focus and know what the task at hand is, and the task at hand is beating Oklahoma on Saturday.”

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