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Thigpen sounds off on firing of college coach

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Quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who has fallen largely out of sight at the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Buffalo, has achieved much given that he played college football at Coastal Carolina.  Now, Thigpen is threatening to sever ties with the school in the wake of its termination of head coach David Bennett.

“I am writing to express my sincere disappointment and utter disgust in the dismissal of Head Football Coach David Bennett and request his immediate reinstatement as Head Football Coach,” Thigpen said in a 6,000-plus-word letter submitted to the Coastal Carolina president David DeCenzo and the school’s Board of Trustees, via WMBF-TV.  Thigpen accuses the administration of a “hidden agenda,” and he threatens to sever all ties with the school — including having his college affiliation removed from all team and league P.R. materials.

“I vow that I will not donate a single penny to this institution again nor take part in any University function which may assist the school in raising any money until something is done about this,” Thigpen said.

The school claims that attendance has dropped sharply in recent years.  Coastal Carolina launched its football program in 2005, and Bennett is the only coach the university has had.

The decision to fire Bennett has sparked significant controversy, with Thigpen not the only one speaking out.  Whether the powers-that-be will be swayed by the effort is unknown, but unlikely.

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42 Responses to “Thigpen sounds off on firing of college coach”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 17, 2011 11:53 PM

    Wow, amazing. Thiggy just gained a lot of respect from me.

  2. trbowman says: Dec 17, 2011 11:54 PM

    There are some cool stories about Thiggy on deadspin, might be worth checking out, lol.

  3. kwoodc says: Dec 17, 2011 11:54 PM

    Who is Tyler Thigpen?

  4. tommyf15 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:57 PM

    Let’s all raise our voices whining over Tyler Thigpen’s decision to raise his!

  5. flyermb says: Dec 17, 2011 11:57 PM

    Tyler who?

  6. trbowman says: Dec 17, 2011 11:59 PM

    Oh, Bennett’s this guy….lol


  7. 11wheatd says: Dec 18, 2011 12:00 AM

    Love the passion from Thigpen

  8. tonystrong says: Dec 18, 2011 12:06 AM

    Nobody gives a crap about Coastal Carolina or Tyler Thigpen. Sounds like he chose the perfect alma mater!

  9. titknocker says: Dec 18, 2011 12:13 AM

    Tyler who??? Coastal where????

  10. seanx40 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:14 AM

    Well, maybe they can be reunited in the Arena league next year.

  11. benh999 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:18 AM

    WTF is a Coastal Carolina?

  12. johnnyshore says: Dec 18, 2011 12:19 AM

    Hey, he’s a backup QB, the man’s gotta find somethin to do.

  13. richm2256 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:27 AM

    “I am writing to express my sincere disappointment and utter disgust in the dismissal of Head Football Coach David Bennett and request his immediate reinstatement as Head Football Coach,” Thigpen said in a 6,000-plus-word letter submitted to the Coastal Carolina president David DeCenzo and the school’s Board of Trustees”
    To which DeCenzo replied: “Tyler WHO??”

  14. ranksarot says: Dec 18, 2011 12:29 AM

    I think Thigpen has come up with the ultimate excuse for not donating money to his alma mater. Sweet.

  15. boilerup1869 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:35 AM

    Who the hell is Tyler Thigpen

  16. vuudu says: Dec 18, 2011 12:37 AM

    Tyler who?

  17. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 18, 2011 12:42 AM

    In other news Coastal Carolina sent a letter to Thigpen saying “Thank You for saving us the trouble. Keep up the good work. That clipboard can’t hold itself.”

  18. tfbuckfutter says: Dec 18, 2011 12:45 AM

    Does the dirty kid from Peanuts really have that much pull in any personnel decisions?

  19. sikkcaden says: Dec 18, 2011 1:26 AM

    Tyler Thigpen may never be a starting NFL QB, but the guy does have a lot of heart and passion. Plenty of worse back-up’s available in the league.

  20. buffalodiehard says: Dec 18, 2011 1:55 AM

    Wow I just read that letter. Say what you want but Thigpen makes a heck of a case against the athletic department and the University administration. Lots of intricate details…quite frankly I think Mr. Thigpen has a future as a lawyer.

    Basically he’s saying the coach puts his heart and soul into that program and they have been successful year after year despite a lack of support for the man. Anyone who’s ever played football in their life can appreciate a lot of what is written in Thigpen’s letter.

  21. kliplee says: Dec 18, 2011 1:59 AM


  22. skinsrollyou says: Dec 18, 2011 2:00 AM

    Come on TT, as a master of persuasion I can tell you that threats are never the way to get what u want

  23. ronaldmexico says: Dec 18, 2011 2:00 AM

    Thigpen must have ample time on his hands to pen a 6000 word letter.

    Given his NFL history, I’m not sure whether offering to have his college affiliation removed would be viewed as a threat to Coastal Carolina.

  24. chc36 says: Dec 18, 2011 2:03 AM

    Not gonna lie, but I had a ridiculous man crush on Thigpen back when he played for the Chiefs… go Tyler!!!!!

  25. duanethomas says: Dec 18, 2011 2:09 AM

    LMAO!!!! Are you serious? Who would know or care if he disavowed a school no one has heard of. LOL. This made my night. A career back up going Big Time on his small time school.

  26. staffordsyear says: Dec 18, 2011 5:33 AM

    Love the picture!,its as if somebody dropped a camera and got a shot of him..”meh, we”ll just go with this one” ha.

  27. brianmcnamee says: Dec 18, 2011 5:48 AM

    Too many dogs this time, bit enough cats.
    YouTube this coach if you don’t know what I’m talking about

  28. waynefontes says: Dec 18, 2011 5:59 AM

    If only this was Jerome Simpson threatening to sever ties instead of Tyler Thigpen.

  29. pghguyy says: Dec 18, 2011 7:05 AM

    Way to take a stand tyler. Seems you really have your coaches back. The bills are lucky to have u as a teamate.

  30. vols84 says: Dec 18, 2011 7:12 AM

    Thing pen has a lot of clout as a star QB in the NFL so I am sure Coastal Carolina is going to reverse this decision. Is this the same coach who had that great sound bite during a post game presser about wanting his team to play like “dawgs” and not a stray cat? If so, hate to see him go. Maybe Thigpen can call the governor and pull some strings.

  31. stubbyjones says: Dec 18, 2011 7:15 AM

    ….and then a ball boinked him in the head when he wasnt looking…

  32. icewalker946 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:06 AM

    It may have something to do with this story.

  33. brianmcnamee says: Dec 18, 2011 8:08 AM

    *not instead of bit

  34. Blackbird0520 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:23 AM

    Nothin like a bunch of haters voicing their opinion here…as a coastal grad and friend of Thig I love this letter. The firing of Coach Bennett was complete bull$hit and what Tyler is doing here is very noble. I’ll always have love for my chants though!!

  35. ugk612 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:29 AM

    Bennett should of been a “dawg!”

  36. discosucs2005 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:42 AM

    I doubt even this will get him off the alumni mailing list.

  37. peopletrains says: Dec 18, 2011 10:07 AM

    Who is Tyler Coastal?

  38. mikgaes says: Dec 18, 2011 11:13 AM

    When the President stops laughing he might actually file that letter somewhere.

    Thigpen is worse than Trent Edwards, JP Losman and Kelly Holcomb combined.

  39. captaintriumph says: Dec 18, 2011 11:15 AM

    Geez I think even we (Vikings) had Thigpen at one point as our 3rd QB.

  40. 1historian says: Dec 18, 2011 11:16 AM

    Tyler Thigpen

    what a name

    Tyler Thigpen – you can’t make up a name like that

  41. bsizemore68 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:47 AM

    And to think Miami got rid of him, I wonder what he would say about Coach Tony firing at the Dolphins. Can anyone guess how many long field goals they will pass on for a try at a first down or a touchdown try. I say 3. Bill

  42. colt13 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:56 PM

    Gotta give Thigpen props. Might as well give credit to the guy that got Thigpen, Jerome Simpson and Mike Tolbert to the NFL.

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