"I didn't know what to think. It was sort of all of a sudden. We are okay though. We are going to be good," said Thompson. "We had a really good relationship, but it's no big deal. I'm 100% committed to Texas. It is what it is. Whatever happens happens."
Like many, Thompson will watch as things progress the next couple of weeks with the UT staff, but don't expect him by his computer every minute hoping for an update.
"I know Coach Brown is going to go out and get the best of the best when it comes to coaches, so I'm not worried. I'm really good," said Thompson.
Thompson wouldn't have time to follow the coaching search even if he wanted. Carthage will be playing in the 3A Division II State Championship for the 3rd consecutive year. The Bulldogs knocked off No. 1 Brownwood and fellow Longhorn commitment Jaxon Shipley 35-28 on Friday night. Shipley had a ball deflected out of his reach in the end zone as time expired, that would have given Brownwood a chance to tie.
"t was really good game. It was the most intense game of the season. That team is really really good. We played our hearts out," said Thompson. "It just feels great to be making our third straight title game."
Coming off back-to-back state championship wins, Carthage was edged out by Brownwood to start the season as the AP 3A No. 1 team. For Jackson, this win meant a little more.
Carthage's opponent in the state championship on Friday night will be Coldspring-Oakhurst. The Trojans are 14-1 on the year, their only loss coming in the opening game of the season against Kirbyville. The game will be in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.
It's going to be sick in there. We are going to go put on a show and get this done. We haven't played at the new Cowboys stadium, just the old Texas stadium," said Thompson. "It should be good."