Count Louisville Cardinals cornerback Andrew Johnson as one of the few not laughing, joking and smiling when Charlie Strong was officially introduced as the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns football program on Monday.
Instead, the junior let his feelings be known about his former coach on Twitter:
It’s not the decision alone that got Johnson so riled up. According to him, Strong initially informed the players that he would be returning for the 2014 season:
I'm done talking bout this situation.. Charlie ain't worried bout us so it's time to move on and keep our program top of the line..— Andrew Johnson (@LockDown_15) January 6, 2014
Given some of Strong’s previous statements to the media, one can see the anger and betrayal Johnson must be feeling.
In December, Strong told Jeff Greer of The Courier-Journal that he wasn't considering the possibility of taking the Texas job.
I don’t even think about it. I have a really good job here. There’s a lot of work to be done here. The only thing I can control is what’s happening right here.
Less than one month later, Strong was named the 29th head coach in Texas history, per Texassports.com.
All in all, it’s another disappointing loss for the Cardinals, who just lost starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the NFL on New Year's Day, via ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Still, a lot of talent remains for a Louisville squad that finished 2013 at 12-1. More specifically, Johnson will look to help strengthen a defensive unit that finished No. 1 in total defense and No. 2 in scoring defense.
This is just the latest episode of players feeling scorned, betrayed and disappointed after the departure of a head coach.
Ask the Washington Huskies players how they felt after head coach Steve Sarkisian bolted to USC.
Strong was 37-15 in four seasons at Louisville.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com.