A TCU assistant athletic director has resigned after a backlash over a Facebook post about the Texas A&M bonfire collapse on his personal page.
"We have accepted Greg's resignation and wish him the best." said TCU Athletic Director, Chris Del Conte. Del Conte said that he apologizes to anyone who may have been hurt or offended by the comments Featherston made, adding that they don't reflect TCU or the athletic program.
Greg Featherson's post was about recently unveiled plans to leave 12 seats empty in Kyle Field to honor the students who died in the 1999 collapse. Featherson said he didn't write the inflammatory words, "but I could have."
"This makes good aggy sense. If the number of students that were victims of what amounted to drunken, negligent homicide on the part of that cow college didn't match so perfectly with the cult's favorite number, I doubt you would have seen anything like this done."
The post goes on to say the empty seats allow the A&M administration to continue to martyr the students "to cover their part" in the deaths.
"See, this way it's a passive tragedy that "happened" rather than an active atrocity that was committed. This fits into the real aggy honor code of lying, cheating, and stealing," the post reads.
A screenshot of the post made its way to Texas A&M fan message boards and caused a backlash against Featherson. Featherson issued an apology on Friday afternoon, saying the remarks were in "bad taste and should not have been re-posted."
"I was on campus in Austin at the time of the tragedy, attended every vigil held on campus with UT students and A&M students who drove over from College Station. A very sad time for both institutions," Featherson wrote.
"It was not my intention to disrespect the fallen students or minimize the magnitude of the disaster. I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment with regard to the re-post."
TCU issued an official statement on Friday evening about the post.
"Comments made by TCU employees on their personal social media accounts do not represent the University. Greg has apologized for this post on his personal Facebook page. We expect our employees to behave in an appropriate manner. This behavior clearly does not live up to our standards."
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