"I wasn't necessarily surprised," said Whitener on news of the firing. "I'd been reading things on the internet the last couple weeks, people talking about it. I think it could actually be good, get a new face in there. Change can be good."
"I'm still committed, though."
It will be his first official. He admits "TCU is really the only other school I'm talking to right now."
He noted linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson is the largest reason he is still committed to the Bears.
"That's my guy. We've gotten close," said Whitener. "I was honestly closer to him than I was Coach Tedford."
"It's been a crazy day. Not sure how it's all going to pan out, but I'm excited to find out."
After knocking Killeen 41-21 in the opening round of the Texas-5A playoffs last week, Whitener and his Tigers advance to face Euless Trinity Saturday in a 2:00 p.m. CT matchup at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.