Monday, May 6, 2013
Bo Pelini is B1G's quiet Twitter king
By Adam Rittenberg
If you're not following Bennett and me on Twitter, you're really missing out. Seriously. Get on board. We tweet a lot of good information, and this past weekend, we eclipsed the 85,000-follower mark (not that I check religiously or anything).
While Bennett and I really work at it on Twitter, our friends at the SEC blog take a more ... relaxed approach. My guy Chris Low appears from time to time with some great insights on all things SEC football, but for the most part, the page serves only to send out links of blog posts.
So let's go to the scorecard ...
ESPN_BigTen followers: 85,003
ESPN_SEC followers: 157,990
I wonder if other Big Ten coaches feel the same way about Nebraska coach Bo Pelini.
Pelini has sent out a grand total of 92 tweets and none since April 6, the date of Nebraska's spring game, when he tweeted about, who else, little Jack Hoffman (It was a gutsy call, but we all knew Jack Hoffman doesn't stop fighting and would get it done! He's a special kid! #TeamJack). The Nebraska coach has tweeted just five times since June 16, 2012.
And yet Pelini still has more followers (43,445 as of this morning) than any of the other Big Ten coaches -- Illinois' Tim Beckman, Indiana's Kevin Wilson, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald -- who tweet. The Tulsa World's Kelly Hines last week listed the verified Twitter accounts of every FBS coach who tweets, sorted by number of followers. LSU's Les Miles leads the way with more than 105,000 followers, followed by Notre Dame's Brian Kelly with 91,318 (as of this morning).
Pelini ranks No. 10 on Hines' list. The next Big Ten coach, Northwestern's Fitzgerald, comes in at No. 25. Fitzgerald typically tweets 2-3 times per day.
Indiana's Wilson comes in fourth in followers among Big Ten coaches, while Illinois' Beckman and Michigan State's Dantonio are battling for fifth (as of post time, Dantonio led 9,566-9,465). Beckman is a frequent Twitter poster, while Dantonio is starting to pick up the pace after a slow start.
Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, who used Twitter to post injury updates and still uses it to spar with fans and media members, ranks fifth among FBS coaches in followers with his Arkansas account.
How long will Pelini remain the Big Ten's Twitter king? As long as Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Michigan's Brady Hoke and Penn State's Bill O'Brien aren't involved, Pelini is probably safe, even if he barely uses the page.
For now, Nebraska fans wait patiently for that next memorable missive from @BoPelini.
Or, if they're like me, they simply enjoy the brilliance of @FauxPelini.