Monday, May 6, 2013
Be a follower, start with @CoachSark
By Kevin Gemmell
Here on the Pac-12 blog, we bring more than just game coverage, team analysis, statistical trends and rarely-accurate bowl projections.
We also bring the stuff that matters. Like Twitter stats.
Inspired by Kelly Hines of Tulsa World, who went through every FBS coach's Twitter account and ranked them by followers, we thought we'd do the same for just the Pac-12. You can see Hines' article here and note where the Pac-12 coaches rank against their peers. Twitter, of course, is quite fluid with followers coming and going often.
At the time of Hines' publication, UCLA coach Jim Mora was the leader of the league's coaches in number of followers. But he's since dropped about 6,000 followers (rough weekend), meaning Washington's Steve Sarkisian is the leader.
LSU's Les Miles headlines the group as the only coach with more than 100,000 followers, followed by Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Tennessee's Butch Jones, Georgia's Mark Richt and Arkansas' Bret Bielema rounding out the top five.
Here's where the Pac-12 coaches currently ranks, along with links to their Twitter accounts.
- Steve Sarkisian 46,510
- Jim Mora 43,166
- Mike Leach 42,226
- Lane Kiffin 29,853
- Mike Riley 14,939
- Rich Rodriguez 8,320
- David Shaw 6,443
- Sonny Dykes 3,564
- Mark Helfrich 3,382
- Todd Graham 2,063
If Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has a Twitter account, it's super secret. You can follow the Utes at @Utah_Football.
Same for new Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, who probably has a little more on his mind than getting his new Twitter account set up. You can follow the Buffs official football feed @RunRalphieRun.
While you're updating your twitter, why not swing by and follow the Pac-12 blog (48,527). That's right, Bieber. Don't get too comfy.