Meyer Takes To Twitter
by Matt Natali
Aug 29, 2013 8:42 AM EDT
When it comes to football, there is little Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has not seen. But when it comes to social media, Meyer is a freshman.
Much to the surprise of many on Tuesday, Meyer joined several of his coaching colleagues and took to social media, creating a Twitter account.
Using the handle @OSUCoachMeyer, the Buckeyes head coach embarked on his new social media life by tweeting the following:
“My good friend [Oklahoma head coach] Bob Stoops talked me into this Twitter stuff – lets see how it goes. 3 more days till game time!”
Meyer’s tweet was accompanied by a photo of the countdown clock in the Ohio State weight room with the time remaining until the Buckeyes kick off the season Saturday against Buffalo.
Meyer followed up his first Tweet with a Bible quote and then again with an inspirational quote.
In less than 24 hours, Meyer accumulated more than 29,000 followers on the account, including yours truly.
As far as stacking up against his competition, LSU head coach Les Miles boasts more than 115K followers, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly has 96K, Tennessee’s Butch Jones claims 86K, Georgia’s Mark Richt has 73K followers, and former Wisconsin and first-year Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has 69K.
Meyer has a pretty good start on catching up with the competition.
His newly created account, it begs the question: Why now?
After a quick glance at the people he is following, it is a ‘who’s-who’ of prospects on Ohio State’s recruiting big board. And given the recent transgressions of running backs Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith, and cornerback Bradley Roby, coupled with the heat he took this summer for the Aaron Hernandez saga — justified or not — one could speculate that he is ‘keeping an eye’ on the character of players Ohio State is recruiting and/or managing his image.
But that is purely speculation. Only Meyer knows his reasons behind joining the Twitter-sphere.
Other Ohio State coaches taking to Twitter include defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Ed Warinner, conerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, running backs coach Stan Drayton, receivers coach Zach Smith and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.
Welcome to the club, Coach!