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Texas officials silent on Tom Herman’s hiring of former Baylor staffer

Posted January 12th, 2017

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University of Texas officials had no comment Thursday about football coach Tom Herman’s decision to hire former Baylor staffer Casey Horny, who publicly supported Art Briles.

The Bears former head football coach, Briles was fired last May for his role in the school’s mishandling of sexual-assault complaints.

Horny started his career as a graduate assistant at Texas under coach Mack Brown alongside Herman in 2000. He earned two degrees at UT, started his coaching career and spent the past nine years at Baylor.

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Horny will be a special teams quality control assistant at UT, according to his Twitter bio. Essentially, quality control coaches are analysts who are not allowed to work with players on the field, according to NCAA rules.

Last season, Horny tweeted the controversial #TruthDontLie hashtag in support of Briles, who is now suing the school for wrongful termination.

On Nov. 4, Horny and other Baylor coaches retweeted another message that was widely perceived to be supportive of Briles.

Once news broke late Wednesday that Horny was joining Herman’s staff at UT, Horny deleted those specific tweets from his Twitter timeline.

Horny’s name has never been mentioned by Baylor in connection with any wrongdoing, and he was not included in the Pepper Hamilton report that outlined what the school knew about the sexual-assault allegations. Other Baylor assistants have gone on to other jobs, including former defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, now at Arizona State.

Brenda Tracy, a well-known advocate for women’s rights, denounced Herman’s decision to hire Horny. “@CoachTomHerman please consider the message you are sending to your young men who will now be under the leadership of Casey Horny #retweet,” Tracy tweeted.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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