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Ranking The SEC Basketball Coaches… By Their Twitter Skills?

twitter-logoWhen folks in jet packs someday look back at sports coverage in the early part of the 21st century, they will likely view the age as being defined by two things: the boom in social media and a growing love of lists.  If we aren’t tweeting or Facebooking, we’re reading lists.  Or tweeting our own lists.

So what could be better than a list about tweeting… that in turn was itself promoted on Twitter? has published a list today ranking the SEC’s head basketball coaches according to their tweeting abilities.  Who tweets the most?  How many folks do they follow?  How many people are following them?  What kinds of tweets do they send out?

Sorry, but we don’t care.

For those who do, you can read the whys and how-comes of the list right here.  And for those who just want to see another list, here’s how that site ranks the SEC’s hoops coaches as Twitterers.  Or should that be tweeters?


1.  John Calipari, Kentucky

2.  Frank Martin, South Carolina

3.  Rick Ray, Mississippi State

4.  Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee

5.  Billy Donovan, Florida

6.  Mark Fox, Georgia

7.  Tony Barbee, Auburn

8.  Mike Anderson, Arkansas

9.  Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M

10.  Frank Haith, Missouri

11.  Johnny Jones, LSU


Alabama’s Anthony Grant, Ole Miss’ Andy Kennedy, and Vandy’s Kevin Stallings all tied for worst Twitterers in the Southeastern Conference.  Better fire ‘em.

(And, hey, if you like Tweets, check out our Twitter feed which has been listed as one of the must-read feeds for guys and sports fans by both Maxim Magazine and Athlon Sports.)

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Illinois Could Target Bama’s Grant After Smart Says No

“Thanks, but no thanks.”  That’s what Shaka Smart told Illinois officials who offered him their head coaching job and a salary that was reported to be north of two-and-a-half million bucks per year.  (Anyone else think this guy will someday be stuck at VCU wondering why he didn’t get onboard when his ship came in?)

With Smart turning down the Illini, his old boss Anthony Grant could be next on AD Mike Thomas’ wish list.  It’s no secret that Illinois wants to hire an African-American coach to tap into the inner-city recruiting zones of Chicago and East St. Louis.  Grant is black.  He built VCU’s program before Smart took it over.  And he’s had some early successes at Alabama.

Still, some writers in the Land of Lincoln aren’t wowed by Grant’s resume or personality.  “The names that are mentioned as Plan B, Alabama’s Anthony Grant among them, wouldn’t even enthuse the Anthony Grant Fan Club,” writes Rick Morrisey of The Chicago Sun-Times.  Ouch.

Grant is also just one of a dozen names that have been kicked around when it comes to speculating about Bruce Weber’s successor.  And we at have been told by multiple sources in Tuscaloosa that Bama’s coach is not interested in the Illinois job.

But until he officially shoots down the rumor or the Illini hire a new coach, expect Grant’s name to continue to mentioned in connection to that job.

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