UT running back Chris Warren III runs against Baylor in the second half at McLane Stadium in Waco on Saturday December 5, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Chris Warren’s father apologizes for wanting Vance Bedford fired

Posted December 6th, 2015

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Chris Warren’s father apologized on Sunday for tweeting during Baylor game that Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford should be fired. The tweet was soon deleted, and the UT running back said after the game his father’s thoughts do not reflect his own.

Warren’s father, a former NFL running back also named Chris, felt Bedford should be “fired on the spot” considering the Longhorns couldn’t stop the Bears’ rushing attack. Baylor went to a single-wing offense and essentially ran the Wildcat formation the entire second half after third-string quarterback Chris Johnson suffered a concussion.

Baylor finished the game with 395 yards rushing, the sixth-highest total allowed in Texas history. The Longhorns’ defense finished the season as the worst statistical unit in school history.

Bedford is unlikely be released, even though he just completed the second and final year of his guaranteed contract. UT holds the option for a third year on his contract. Bedford has been coach Charlie Strong’s defensive coordinator since 2010.

“Coach Bedford’s the man,” senior cornerback Duke Thomas said afterward. “He’s a defensive guru. I don’t see anybody that can lead this defense the way he can and he’s Texas alumni, so he’s got pride behind his work.”

 

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