The lack of maturity that is normal for college freshmen, as compared to college seniors, explains a lot.
It doesn't explain Texas freshman cornerback Kris Boyd retweeting, at halftime of a blowout 50-7 loss to TCU, a suggestion that he should transfer to rival Texas A&M. In a locker room full of 100-plus teammates bleeding burnt orange and a lot of pride in a 1-4 start for the Longhorns, even a freshman should have known better.
So Boyd, hat in hand, apologized on Sunday.
"As I've had time to reflect on my actions, and after personally apologizing to my coaches and teammates, I would also like to extend my sincerest apology to all of the Longhorn fans and family and everyone at UT. In no way did I intend to be disrespectful or disloyal," Boyd said in a statement. "I deeply regret my actions and want to reassure everyone that I am 100 percent committed to this team and program."
Texas fans have bigger things to worry about than Boyd's immaturity, and for them, a big Boyd interception to turn a game might be all that's necessary for all to be forgotten. However, one can only wonder if Boyd's apology has bought him any credibility back in the Longhorns locker room. For Texas' seniors who have endured a coaching change and far more tough losses than Boyd has, respect might come a little harder.
Or, a lot harder.
Texas coach Charlie Strong, after the 50-7 drubbing at the hands of the Horned Frogs, didn't exactly appear to be in second-year control of his program when asked about Boyd's retweet after the game.
"Our players should never be on their phone at halftime," Strong said. "I was not aware of that."