For many, Twitter is a passing diversion, a time-wasting, joke-sharing, one-liner-generating platform. For others, it’s a trolling machine to drop 140-character bombs, watch the flash fires burn and walk away. Twitter is also a fun way to keep up with news events, make new friends and share.
The social media service has become a marketing tool for many football coaches and college athletic departments, too. This makes sense, really. If Twitter is good enough for big, global brands to use to “engage” with customers, why wouldn’t big college brands encourage their most noticeable pitchmen to go out into the wild and mix it up with the fans who foot the bills to pay for new seats and multi-million dollar contracts?
We here at the Sporting Life Arkansas sports desk spend some time each day checking on what college coaches in Arkansas, around the Southeastern Conference and throughout the nation have to say on Twitter. As result, we have our “favorite” tweets list and our “favorite” coaches to watch and follow.
We’ve put together a list of a few of those favorite tweets from each tweeting SEC football coach, and we want you to help us determine which SEC coach does Twitter best. Take your time. Review our list. Do your own research, and feel free to submit other tweets from these coaches we may have missed for consideration.
Your input is invaluable and will be used to help us select the winner of the 2013 “Sporting Life Arkansas SEC Football Coach Tweety Award.”*
*The winning coach will be presented a trophy and certificate suitable for framing after all factors have been weighed, tabulated and BSC-style computer models considered. We will announce the winner live on Monday, June 17.
So without further delay, we present to you the nominees (alphabetized by school name) for the 2013 Sporting Life Arkansas SEC Football Coach Tweety.
Please vote for your top three in the poll at the bottom of the page below the coaches’ tweets.
Nominee: Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban
Doesn’t use Twitter, but he’s Nick Saban. He gets nominated for every college football award, which immediately makes him the odds-on-favorite to win because, well, he’s Nick Saban.
Nominee: Arkansas Razorbacks Head Football Coach Bret Bielema
Just an FYI wasn't about the message more about the source. Long history. Respect FSU and history. #relaxpeople— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 31, 2013
Nominee: Auburn Tigers Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn
Honored and blessed to be inducted into Arkansas HS HOF. Very appreciative of the coaches and players who were a part of the success we had.— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) April 18, 2013
Nothing better than standing at the 50 yard line inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on a Saturday night! War Eagle!— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) February 3, 2013
Getting ready to watch the Super Bowl. Hoping it's a good game.— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) February 3, 2013
Nominee: Florida Gators Head Football Coach Will Muschamp
I don’t know why they call it a hash tag I call it a number sign #makesnosense— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) May 9, 2013
I’ve always said you need to be strong up the middle - Floyd, Elam and Bostic among top 50 picks! Congrats to Jon Bostic #Gators— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) April 27, 2013
Don't watch much NFL but look forward 2 seeing match up. Good luck to both teams & Gators McDonald/Thompson and fmr players Brown & Tucker— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) February 3, 2013
Nominee: Georgia Bulldogs Head Football Coach Mark Richt
Congratulations to Aaron Murray. He won the Peach of an Athlete Award last night. Champ Bailey was the Professional honoree. 2 Great Dawgs!!— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) March 27, 2013
On a personal note... Check out #davidricht.com His new cd is available. I'm not sure if you need the hash tag or not. Still learning— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) February 25, 2013
Hey DawgNation check out the Dawg Bite Video that was shown at halftime at G-Day! https://t.co/FvSzKelMUc— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) April 12, 2013
And here is the video referenced in the tweet performed by Richt’s son, David.
Nominee: Kentucky Wildcats Head Football Coach Mark Stoops
Meet lots of great people today! pic.twitter.com/8wkf2tyL0L— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) May 5, 2013
My niece Melanie’s weeding today. Stoops family photo. Family fun!! pic.twitter.com/KD9M6EO11g— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) April 20, 2013
Nominee: LSU Tigers Head Football Coach Les Miles
Practice is getting better each day but we might need to make our dance skills stronger !! The LSU harlem shake ! https://t.co/PYCXZ1g3VM— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) March 18, 2013
Long lean athletic athletic men !!l Lakers Nash nailing perimeter 3 ptrs!— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) February 10, 2013
Another great Christmas very grateful! Santa was perfect! I got a really nice beard trimmer...... I don't wear a beard??? What's that.....— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) December 25, 2012
Nominee: Ole Miss Rebels Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze
You'll always have everything in life that you want if you'll help enough other people get what they want - Zig Ziglar #It'sNotAboutMe— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) May 3, 2013
Here we go..................Hotty dang Toddy!!!! #WonTheDay— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) March 22, 2013
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. Love is the key. #WinTheDay— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) February 25, 2013
Nominee: Mississippi State Bulldogs Head Football Coach Dan Mullen
S/O to http://t.co/h1kdjtDWOd. Check them out!— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) April 28, 2013
There is something for everyone in Starkville today. Arts festival, spring game At 1. Baseball at 4 and Ty Brown in concert tonite.— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) April 20, 2013
Sunny maroon Friday in starkvegas America's best college town. Gonna be even better tomorrow. See you at superbulldog weekend.— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) April 19, 2013
Nominee: Missouri Tigers Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel*
*(Pinkel has 4,134 followers, the smallest number of any SEC head coach outside of Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier, both with zero)
An exciting night to be a Tiger, but then every night is. Go Missouri!— Gary Pinkel (@garypinkel) February 5, 2012
Looking forward to another exciting season of football— Gary Pinkel (@garypinkel) August 28, 2012
I want to congratulate our players, coaches, supporters for all their enthusiasm and hard work this year.— Gary Pinkel (@garypinkel) November 26, 2012
Nominee: Tennessee Volunteers Head Football Coach Butch Jones
Just heard from a NFL Scout: There is only 3 conferences that matter, The AFC, The NFC and The SEC! #It'sAllHere— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) March 4, 2013
Nominee: Texas A&M Aggies Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin
Auto correct got me!— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) April 12, 2013
$@$)!?$&$@!— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) April 3, 2013
Really... Rt@ChipSportsTalk: Just found out Sumlin signed just one running back. Not cool, Kevin”— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) February 7, 2013
Nominee: South Carolina Gamecocks Assistant Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier Jr.*
*(representing his father and boss who doesn’t tweet)
Coach Danny Ford will be the featured speaker at South Carolina's 2013 Coaches Clinic April 5th. #GoGamecocks— steve spurrier jr (@coachspurrier) February 20, 2013
Prayers out to Marcus Lattimore and Family- A Truly unbelievable Young Man- whose impact is so great on so many! We love you-— steve spurrier jr (@coachspurrier) October 28, 2012
Nominee: Vanderbilt Commodores Head Football Coach James Franklin
Want 2 thank all the HS Coaches 4 being so receptive 2 our staff, our guys love being on the road, thanks 4 all ur support #VanderBUILD— James Franklin (@jamesfranklinvu) May 3, 2013
For every1 who is curious, the Anchor is a symbol of strength 4 our program & the chain links attached 2 it represent our team #AnchorDown— James Franklin (@jamesfranklinvu) April 25, 2013
Just received great information on our season tickets.If u are used 2 the days of waiting until June 2 bye ur season tickets,think again!— James Franklin (@jamesfranklinvu) April 16, 2013
Obviously we have some new followers that didn't see me destroy the English language the first time, geeze, lol,bye,buy,by,lol #VanderBUILD— James Franklin (@jamesfranklinvu) April 16, 2013