Twitter and SEC Football Coaches – The Nominees


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

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Nominee: Auburn Tigers Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn

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Nominee: Florida Gators Head Football Coach Will Muschamp

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Nominee: Georgia Bulldogs Head Football Coach Mark Richt

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And here is the video referenced in the tweet performed by Richt’s son, David.


Nominee: Kentucky Wildcats Head Football Coach Mark Stoops

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Nominee: LSU Tigers Head Football Coach Les Miles

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Nominee: Ole Miss Rebels Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze

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Nominee: Mississippi State Bulldogs Head Football Coach Dan Mullen

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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)

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Nominee: Tennessee Volunteers Head Football Coach Butch Jones

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Nominee: Texas A&M Aggies Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin

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Nominee: South Carolina Gamecocks Assistant Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier Jr.*

*(representing his father and boss who doesn’t tweet)

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Nominee: Vanderbilt Commodores Head Football Coach James Franklin

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