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Alabama’s Saban Says No To Twitter

twitter-logo-birdTwitter has become a key recruiting tool for coaches across the country.  It’s a means of keeping tabs on recruits and what they’re thinking on a minute-by-minute basis.  It’s an opportunity to link to information that you want prospects to see.  In general, it’s just one more arrow in the quiver when it comes to landing top athletes.

It’s also completely unnecessary when your list of recent accomplishments reads like this:

 

*  First man to win national titles with two different schools since World War II

*  Winner of four BCS championships since 2003

*  Winner of two straight BCS championships

*  Winner of three of the last four BCS championships

*  Undefeated and barreling toward a third straight BCS championship, which would be five overall and four of the last five

 

Nick Saban’s quiver is so full of arrows at the moment that he doesn’t need to join the Twitter-craze.  “I’ve never considered joining Twitter,” he said yesterday.  “Nor do I know anybody who would.  There’s a lot of people that do and I guess that I’m one of the ones in the minority.”

Very much so.  The only other SEC coach not on Twitter is South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, another former national crown-winner.

Below are links to the other 12 coaches’ Twitter feeds:

 

Arkansas’ Bret Bielema (1,473 tweets, 77,739 followers)

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn (193 tweets, 47,392 followers)

Florida’s Will Muschamp (352 tweets, 48,420 followers)

Georgia’s Mark Richt (360 tweets, 89,165 followers)

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops (543 tweets, 54,302 followers)

LSU’s Les Miles (677 tweets, 120,100 followers)

Miss. State’s Dan Mullen (1,738 tweets, 49,569 followers)

Missouri’s Gary Pinkel (2,902 tweets, 36,894 followers)

Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze (5,180 tweets, 57,708 followers)

Tennessee’s Butch Jones (4,501 tweets, 100,488 followers)

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin (1,679 tweets, 44,461 followers)

Vanderbilt’s James Franklin (1,391 tweets, 25,734 followers)

 

And as always, you can follow our own Twitter feed — ranked by Maxim Magazine and Athlon Sports as one of the feeds all guys and all sports fans should follow — by clicking right here.

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UT’s Jones Confident Right Off The Bat

TENNESSEE MEDIA DAYSYet another first-timer is at the podium at SEC Media Days, but Butch Jones isn’t the typical first-timer.  Yes, Tennessee’s new coach is experiencing the media throng in Birmingham for the first time, but unlike Kentucky’s Mark Stoops who spoke earlier today (and is a first-time head coach), Jones has six years as a college head coach under his belt.

Jones, not unlike Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, appears genuine and at ease in front of the many microphones turned his way.

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Stoops Isn’t Trying To Temper Expectations At Kentucky

KENTUCKY MEDIA DAYSYesterday, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze attempted to calm expectations for his second team just a bit.  Kentucky’s Mark Stoops took a different approach today:

 

“It’s not my style really to try to temper those expectations.  I think the educated fan knows where we’re at as a program and knows that we’ve got a lot of work to do.

The flipside to that is I want the excitement.  I want ‘em there.  I want them to support the team we have right now.  I want ‘em at all of our home games.

We plan on going out and competing every single week.  We understand the challenges are there.  But I’m glad the fans are excited and I’m glad they’re showing up in large numbers and our season tickets are up and people are excited and anticipating a good year.”

 

Fair enough.

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