Heisman winner Kyler Murray’s past homophobic tweets deleted hours after award: report

Hours after Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy, several homophobic tweets from his past resurfaced. As a teenager, Murray used an anti-gay slur in a tweet to friends, USA Today reported. Oklahoma University did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment. The tweets were deleted from Murray’s account early Sunday. KEVIN HART … Continue reading “Heisman winner Kyler Murray’s past homophobic tweets deleted hours after award: report”

Hours after Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy, several homophobic tweets from his past resurfaced.

As a teenager, Murray used an anti-gay slur in a tweet to friends, USA Today reported. Oklahoma University did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

The tweets were deleted from Murray’s account early Sunday.

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The re-discovered tweets put Murray, 21, in the company of other athletes finding themselves in a negative light just as they achieve success.

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Racist tweets from Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s teenage years resurfaced ahead of last year's NFL Draft.

After helping the Villanova Wildcats win the 2018 national men's basketball championship, a tweet by Donte DiVincenzo that contained racist rap lyrics was also brought to light.

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Tweets by Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers featured racist, homophobic and misogynistic words. The tweets — which Hader posted as a teen — drew attention earlier this year as he became one of the top relievers in the majors.

While he is known for football, Oklahoma's Murray was selected by baseball's Oakland A’s with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft. He plans to report to spring training next year after his college football career ends. He led the Sooners to a Big 12 championship the season.

Oklahoma faces No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 29.

President Trump to attend Army-Navy football game Saturday in Philadelphia

President Trump plans to attend Saturday’s Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

It will be the president’s second appearance at the annual game since being elected president: Trump attended in 2016 in Baltimore as president-elect.

On Saturday, however, he’ll be the first sitting president to attend the game since President Obama attended in Landover, Md., in 2011.

The game, which typically ends the regular season for both military academies is most often played in Philadelphia (87 times), but other sites over the years have included New York City (11), Baltimore (6) and East Rutherford, N.J. (4).

While Navy holds a 60-51-7 advantage over Army in the all-time series, the Black Knights from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., may be more competitive this year than in years past: This year’s Army squad is on a seven-game win streak and has an overall record of 9-2 as an independent.

Navy, meanwhile, currently stands at 2-6 in the American Athletic Conference, and 3-9 overall.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Urban Meyer to step down as Ohio State head coach after Rose Bowl, citing bad health

Citing health reasons, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer abruptly announced his retirement at a news conference Tuesday.

"The style of coaching I've done for 33 years is very intense, very demanding. I tried to delegate more and CEO more and the product started to feel …," he said, not finishing his thought. "I didn't feel I was doing right by our players and by Gene (Smith, the athletic director)."

Meyer’s final game is set to be at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019, when the Buckeyes take on Washington. The university plans to announce offensive coordinator Ryan Day as Meyer's permanent replacement, according to officials. Day coached the Buckeyes earlier this season, while Meyer served a suspension.

Meyer said he felt good that Day will take over as the 25th coach of the storied program.

"You want to hand it off to someone who could make it stronger," Meyer said.

The 54-year-old Meyer has been battling an arachnoid cyst on his brain and had brain surgery in 2014 to drain it, according to Cleveland.com.

At the packed news conference, Meyer, who had shown obvious effects of being in pain on the sideline this season, explained that headaches became severe last season during Ohio State's game at Penn State and have become a persistent problem this season.

While Meyer had repeatedly stated his intentions to coach next season, he revealed to Cleveland.com in October his condition was serious. He added he had no intentions of coaching anywhere else but Ohio State.

His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

The Buckeyes' strong finish this season belied on-the-field problems that made for a stressful season for Meyer and his staff.

The team alternated expected blowout wins with puzzling play that included a pair of one-point wins (Penn State, Maryland) and a closer-than-expected win over a struggling Nebraska team. A startling blowout loss at unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted questions about Meyer's future and he was forced to address speculation that he would step down at the end of the season.

Ohio State followed that with five straight wins, including a rout of archrival Michigan that gave the Buckeyes another division title and then pulled away for an easy win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.

Sources told Yahoo Sports that Meyer’s overall happiness with the Buckeyes program is another reason for his decision to step down.

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Meyer is 82-9 in seven seasons at Ohio State. He’s also coming off back-to-back Big Ten titles and has won seven straight games against rival Michigan – not to mention claiming a national championship in 2014.

Meyer’s 2018 campaign started out tumultuously when he was suspended for the first three games of the season without pay after an investigation into his handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.

Meyer acknowledged the investigation was among the reasons for his decision: "The decision was the result of cumulative events."

Meyer was asked if the suspension will affect his legacy.

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"I'm sure it will… I can lie to you and say it is not important to me," he said.

He leaves behind a remarkable career.

Meyer, who was a standout coach at Utah before he left for Florida in 2005, rocketed to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban in terms of respect and ability.

Meyer won three national championships overall, including two at Florida. He also led Utah in 2004 and Ohio State in 2012 to undefeated seasons. He has a 186-32 lifetime record.

Fox News' Samuel Chamberlain and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

FSU fan behind racist post of coach Willie Taggart is fired

The Florida State University fan who posted a racist message on Facebook after the school’s football team finished off a 5-7 season was fired from his job on Monday amid the public fallout.

The Facebook post included a meme depicting Taggart, who is the first black coach in the school’s history, being lynched, along with the words: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing your rep." The unidentified poster initially stood by the post, and told a critical commenter, "I'm dead F—ing serious. This is how far I'm willing to go to get rid of this clown."

The post has been deleted, but the damage has been done.

Lauren George, a spokeswoman from Hilton Grand Vacations, told ESPN that the person responsible "for posting this information has been terminated. His behavior as in violation of multiple company policies and the furthest example from being a reflection of our company’s values."

FSU lost to rival Florida 41-14 at home on Saturday.

John Thrasher, FSU’s president, was quick to condemn the “despicable” post.

"I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating. Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family."

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Florida State president condemns racist post targeting football coach Willie Taggart

Florida State University's president took to Twitter Sunday to call out a fan's Facebook post calling for the lynching of first-year head football coach Willie Taggart.

"A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable," University president John Thrasher wrote on the school's official Twitter account. "I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating. Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family."

Florida State wrapped up a disappointing 5-7 campaign under Taggart with a 41-14 home loss to in-state rival Florida on Saturday. The loss snapped FSU's five-game winning streak over the Gators, secured the Seminole's first losing season since 1976 and ensured the program would not reach a bowl game for the first time since the 1981 season.

Many fans took to social media to express their disappointment, but one Facebook post included a meme depicting Taggart, who is black, being lynched, along with the words: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing your rep." The Tallahassee Democrat reported that the poster responded to a critical comment by writing: "I'm dead F—– serious. This is how far I'm willing to go to get rid of this clown."

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The Facebook post has since been taken down.

Taggart previously coached at Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon before being hired by Florida State to replace Jimbo Fisher, who departed after last season to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.