University of Richmond football coach accepted the head coaching job at University of Delaware on Tuesday morning nearly two weeks after voicing concern about Richmond administrators' vision for the football program to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmond football players didn't wait long to react, taking to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the Richmond athletic department's handling of the situation.
So disappointed in our administration. @urichmond just let the best coach in the country walk out.
— Patrick Kliebert (@kliebsnaps) December 13, 2016
Don't waste your time listening to Keith Gill https://t.co/YjRw3IdhIt
— Charles DeAndre Mack (@CharlesMack19) December 13, 2016
THE best coach in FCS football. Too bad we couldn't do everything in our power to keep him... https://t.co/Y7qjGAoR4l
— Dashon Tibbs (@dtibbs87) December 13, 2016
One of best to coach around here... it's a shame we couldn't keep him https://t.co/nu4oiV5bPl
— Tafon Mainsah (@ToughOn) December 13, 2016
Cant believe @SpiderFootball would let Coach Rocco walk away from the program.. Very sad day for Spider Nation.. Upset is an understatement
— Michael Strauss (@mstrauss19) December 13, 2016
A number of other Richmond players chose to retweet or like to above tweets, but did not send any tweets of their own.
If the players' claim that the athletic department did not make a strong effort to keep Rocco is at all true, that raises questions about the relationship between Rocco and administrators, as well as the administration's vision for the program considering Rocco's success.
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