Football coaches are the ultimate copycats. In the nearly four months since USC coach
Now, as tweets provide fans a connection to their teams during the otherwise dead offseason, is the perfect time to examine the Twitter craze sweeping the football complexes at some of the nation's biggest programs. But before we get too serious, let's start by playing a game:
2. Rules for Living No. 8 -- Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
3. Having a frickin blast down here at lowers... Just talked with kelly slater, legend of all legends in the surfing world... This is awesome
4. Will announce 2009 captains tomorrow on twitter!! Stay tuned!!
5. Wow, was that a long meeting ... Coach O's recruiting meeting just lasted 6 hours ...
B. Minnesota coach
C. Notre Dame coach
D. Tennessee coach
E. West Virginia coach
OK, I gave you the Lane Kiffin one for free, but only to provide you the sheer joy that comes from imagining Kiffin, his father,
Those are just a handful of examples. While a certain national championship coach
But Twitter isn't an outlet for all musings. There are rules. Coaches shouldn't, for example, send a tweet that violates NCAA regulations. On May 19, however, Tennessee had to
It's best to avoid using Twitter to hurl insults, too. Minnesota's Brewster learned that after this tweet appeared on April 14: "How would you like to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror...... if your [sic] Fat Pat." The reference to Minneapolis
Also, coaches probably should set a midnight deadline for new tweets. In the wee hours one recent weekend morning, the following tweets tumbled from Illinois coach
RonZook: Is that all U got
RonZook: Please. Come here
There can only be two possible explanations for these messages. Either Zook was calling friends together to quote his favorite line from
Coaches also should understand fans don't get all their news through official channels. So sending a positive-spin tweet while the mainstream media deliver legitimate bad news comes off as desperate. For example, South Florida coach
Finally, someone needs to fill in coaches on the concept of intellectual property. The Stewart tweet quoted above is part of a series he calls "Mountaineers Rules for Living." These rules, usually erroneously credited to Microsoft founder
Despite its pitfalls, Twitter can serve as an oasis of information in a desert of restricted access. For example, though Alabama assistant coaches rarely grant interviews, they do tweet on the program's
Restaurants aren't the only things coaches recommend. Over on the basketball side, Kentucky coach
One coach has already bailed on Twitter. Tuesday, Syracuse's
If there is any justice in this world, Wannstedt's mustache will start Tweeting by July.