Razorbacks kick backup quarterback off team after allegations go viral
Media reports outline walk-on backup quarterback Kade Renfro off football team after social media posts surface this week.
Multiple media reports have named backup quarterback Kade Renfro as the player referenced in a statement released by the University of Arkansas and the athletics departments in separate releases Thursday.
Renfro, a transfer from Ole Miss prior to the 2021 season hasn’t had a meaningful quarterback snap in his college career, was the target of social media allegations on a website of abuse and harassment.
Without any context, the statement from the university was rather cryptic:
“After being made aware of the allegations, we notified the relevant offices on our campus,” the UA statement read. “Due to FERPA student privacy regulations, we are unable to provide more information at this time.”
A statement a little later from the athletic department again didn’t name any names, but it clearly was about a football player:
“Upon gaining knowledge of the allegations against a student-athlete earlier this week, we immediately informed the University’s Title IX office of the allegations,” the statement read. “The student-athlete is no longer a member of the football team.”
Multiple national media outlets got wind of the story Thursday afternoon and proceeded to name Renfro as the player referenced, which many fans had been pointing out a couple of days from social media posts from accusers with graphic photos.
Renfro was briefly deleted from the team’s online roster Thursday before being reinserted later in the morning. It was removed from the online roster Thursday evening. He has also apparently deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Renfro was a walk-on quarterback from Stephenville, Texas, the home of former coach Art Briles and his son, Kendall, the Hogs’ former offensive coordinator, who left earlier this year for the same position with TCU. He originally to committed to play at North Texas for a former Art Briles assistant and played at Ole Miss for then-offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, who is Art Briles’ son-in-law (Kendall’s brother-in-law).