It’s no secret to us that Cal likes Twitter. His account, managed partly by DeWayne Peevy, averages several tweets a day, ranging from practice updates, pictures of him with former players, and of course, promos for sponsors like Papa Johns and Orange Leaf (thankfully, we’ve seen fewer of those in the past few months). One of the reasons Cal is such a good recruiter? Between Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, he’s got a monopoly on social media in college basketball. And there’s nothing kids these days love more than social media.
Just how far ahead of the pack is he? Chris Burrows of Run The Floor compiled a list of all of the college basketball coaches on Twitter and ranked them by the number of followers they have. To say Cal has a commanding lead is an understatement; he leads Tom Crean, the second place finisher, by more than one million followers:
1. Kentucky Wildcats — John Calipari @UKCoachCalipari 1,203,136
2. Indiana Hoosiers — Tom Crean @TomCrean 83,915
3. Florida Gators — Billy Donovan @UFCoachBillyD 75,507
4. Kansas Jayhawks — Bill Self @CoachBillSelf 53,881
5. South Carolina Gamecocks — Frank Martin @FrankMartin_SC 26,505
6. Butler Bulldogs — Brad Stevens @BUCoachStevens 23,460
7. Central Michigan Chippewas — Keno Davis @CoachKenoDavis 23,134
8. Nebraska Cornhuskers — Tim Miles @CoachMiles 22,976
9. VCU Rams — Shaka Smart @coachsmartvcu 22,113
10. Tennessee Volunteers — Cuonzo Martin @CuonzoMartin 20,516
To see the list in full, click here. Some observations:
1. Tom, it helps when you know the difference between a tweet and a direct message, doesn’t it?
2. Frank Martin obviously got a boost from all those Pitbull tweets
3. Keno Davis? Really?
4. Rick Pitino comes in
15 seconds at #13; Billy Gillispie comes in at #45
5. Shaka Smart’s avatar is just as intense as you would imagine: