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Report: Kyler Murray Didn't Play vs. Ole Miss Because He Cursed Out Jake Spavital During Alabama Game

After a blowout loss to Ole Miss, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said that freshman Kyler Murray didn't get an opportunity at quarterback, despite massive struggles by starter Kyle Allen, because of how he looked in practice. According to a report by CBS Houston's John P. Lopez, the issues run far deeper than that. In a long piece chronicling some serious dissent within the Aggies program,

Lopez says that Murray was benched after cursing out offensive coordinator Jake Spavital after being pulled from last week's game against Alabama after an interception. He also discusses a playing time promise that was given to Murray during the recruiting process, which further complicates things.

Hence, when Murray was yanked in the Alabama game after throwing an interception, he went full F-bomb on Spavital and his fate for the Ole Miss game was sealed.

According to Lopez, Murray was also not given any snaps with the first team this week, and the issues may be dividing the team.

Players began taking sides in the locker-room more than ever, some believing Allen’s physical (shoulder) and mental struggles should have opened the door for Murray to get a legitimate chance to make the team his.

Some players also believed Murray should have been left at home, rather than face the embarrassment of national television cameras focused on him any time Allen made a mistake. Then, the worst-case scenario happened. Allen wasn’t just bad. He was awful. And there was Murray, shamed on the sideline, for all the college football world to see.

Had Allen looked competent, this may not have been a major issue, but he was completely ineffective against the Rebels defense. He finished 12-of-34 for 88 yards and a pick, and was 0-for-13 in the third quarter, with the game hanging in the balance. Two weeks ago, A&M was 5-0, coming off a bye week to face powerhouse Alabama. Now, it looks like things are on the verge of falling apart in College Station.

[CBS Houston]