So if I get drunk and post something stupid on Twitter my best course of action is to keep it up, roll with it and fight harder, lest my taking it down be seen as an admission of guilt. I think that poorly incentivizes things.
With government regulated speech, there must be a sharper line than “hurts recruitment efforts” because that argument could be used for anything. If he posted “Vote Biden” could the university say that as a deep red state he was hurting recruitment by posting that?
As far as being an asshole v. unpopular opinions, when you say someone is an asshole in this context, you are saying they are an asshole simply because they hold unpopular opinions.
I said I support the power of the school to fire him for what he said, but this and the other thread are excellent examples of how difficult it is to police the government when it comes to speech.