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Monday, May 13, 2013
Ranking coaches by Twitter followers

By Matt Fortuna

Who's ready for a popularity contest?

OK, so it's not quite a popularity contest. But Twitter, in some ways, can measure individuals' Q rating, depending on how active and engaging they are on social media.

The Tulsa World's Kelly Hines recently released a list of every college football coach on Twitter, ranking each by his followers.

The leading man in the Big East? None other than Louisville coach Charlie Strong, who comes in at No. 20 overall.

The low man? Memphis coach Justin Fuente, who is 83rd out of 88.

Nine of the conference's 10 coaches are active on Twitter, with UCF coach George O'Leary serving as the lone holdout.

Here's a list of the coaches in the conference, from most followers to least. (The follower count has been adjusted since Hines' blog post.)

Charlie Strong, Louisville: 28,510
Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati: 17,444
June Jones, SMU: 11,712
Willie Taggart, USF: 9,434
Kyle Flood, Rutgers: 5,667
Tony Levine, Houston: 3,539
Matt Rhule, Temple: 2,361
Paul Pasqualoni, UConn: 1,951
Justin Fuente, Memphis: 1,014

LSU's Les Miles is the top coach overall in college football, and anyone who has checked in for his occasional live-commentary of other sporting events would be able to see why.

Other names of note? Former Bearcats and current Tennessee coach Butch Jones is third overall. Former Cougars and current Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is 14th overall. Former Huskies and current Maryland coach Randy Edsall is 32nd overall. Former Bulls and current Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz is 43rd overall. Former Cardinals and current WKU coach Bobby Petrino is 49th overall, and former Owls and current Boston College coach Steve Addazio is 67th overall.