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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 Dooley Says Hart Told Him There’s Been No Decision

So much for those rumors of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart giving Derek Dooley his walking papers yesterday afternoon.  Not only was Hart watching a women’s soccer game in Knoxville when he was supposedly dropping the hammer on Dooley, but he actually gave the coach word — according to the coach himself — that no decision has been made yet.

According to Dooley at his usual Monday presser today:

 

“I didn’t ask him that, but I did ask him a lot of things.  We talked very frankly about it.  He told me he had not made a decision, whether we go 6-6, despite what all the reports are.

Either the sources are wrong, or Dave wasn’t being forthright with me, and I have no reason to think Dave’s not being forthright.  He’s an honest man, he’s always been honest with me and I’ve appreciated how he’s handled everything about this.  I really have.”

 

Tennessee’s coach is 4-18 in SEC play and he’s not likely to return next season.  Attendance has waned at Neyland Stadium and keeping Dooley would mean taking a financial hit next season.  Of course, buying Dooley out would also put the squeeze on an athletic department that lost cash last year.

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WOW Headlines – 10/25/12

Arkansas AD Jeff Long says he will most likely hire someone who is currently employed as a coach…
That would seemingly rule out Arkansas native Butch Davis
Sources have told MrSEC.com that TCU’s Gary Patterson is Arkansas’ top choice
Source have told MrSEC.com that if Tennessee replaces Derek Dooley, Jon Gruden and Bobby Petrino would be 1-2 on UT’s list of replacements
Georgia FB Alex Ogletree tweeted that UGA players and fans should rush the end zone after Bulldogs’ first TD versus Florida this weekend
Hurricane Sandy could create a windy day for the Georgia-Florida game
Kentucky will try to play three quarterbacks versus Missouri on Saturday
Missouri QB James Franklin is doubtful for this weekend’s game but should return for Florida game in two weeks
Texas A&M DL Damontre Moore leads the nation in sacks with 9.5 and tackles for loss with 17
Follow the SEC every day at MrSEC.com or twitter.com/mrsec…
Athlon Sports and Maxim Magazine have named MrSEC as a Twitter feed every fan should follow

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Dooley Denies Buyout Claim; “I’d Be A Real Dumbass To Do That”

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley — as expected — has denied part of a MrSEC.com story from earlier today.  First, read carefully what was written here:

 

“Two sources very close to the Tennessee program have told MrSEC.com that Dooley actually discussed a buyout with Hart and Tennessee after last season’s loss to Kentucky.  A third source further confirmed that story yesterday.

Knowing that his team quit on him versus UK and that fan negativity was growing, Dooley — as the story goes — approached the school and offered to just hit the road if they’d give him his buyout.  Tennessee officials reportedly told him they would not buy him out for $5 million since he was the guy asking out.  Dooley wouldn’t negotiate down the buyout, UT tried to call his bluff by not offering contract extensions to his assistants, but Dooley stuck it out anyway, hired new seven assistants — who had to be given multi-year contracts anyway — and tried to fix his program.

If that information is correct it’s hard to imagine Dooley surviving in Knoxville.  (Whether those discussions took place or not, don’t expect UT or Dooley to confirm them.)”

 

This writer isn’t sure how the question to Dooley was phrased, but as a site we made it pretty clear sources had made that claim.  But there was a reason we wrote: “as the story goes” and “if that information is correct.”  We weren’t present for the alleged meeting.

But when two good sources give and then confirm a story and then a third gives his knowledge of it, too, it’s thisclose to reaching the messageboards and, therefore, worthy of inclusion in a story about the back-and-forth nature of Dooley’s current job security.

Asked about it today at his press conference, Dooley called the story “absurd” and said: “I’d be a real dumbass to do that.”

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Don’t Forget To Check Out These Fine Areas Of MrSEC

Just a quickie reminder of a few things as I head out the door:

 

* For daily updates on recruiting across the entire SEC — all 14 schools — keep an eye on our Recruiting Page.  Josh Ward just posted a story today about a new Vanderbilt football commit.  He’ll keep you updated not only on what your school is doing but on what everyone else is doing, too.  He’s good like that.

* If you missed any of this week’s stories regarding the SEC’s pipeline of draft picks into the NFL, check out our Blue Chip Stories.  These are some of our best research-driven pieces and most-linked to stories.

* Don’t forget you can also do the mobile thing here at MrSEC with apps for iPhone, Android and the iPad.  Never miss a blurb or blip of SEC news.

* You can also follow us on Facebook and get our headlines delivered right to your own personal page.

* Heck, join the growing number of folks following us on Twitter, too.  It was just a couple of years ago that Maxim Magazine named us as one of the Top 100 Twitter Feeds Every Guy Should Follow.

* And when you’re done with all that, be sure to stop by the MrSEC.com store and pick up some gameday gear featuring your favorite school’s logo and colors.

 

Why, we’re a regular Feed, Seed and All You Need Store around here.

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