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Mark Stoops is the 11th most followed college football coach on Twitter


Tulsa World’s Kelly Hines recently put together a list of all of the college football coaches on Twitter and ranked them by the number of follower they had. Even though he just got his new Twitter handle six months ago, Mark Stoops is already #11 on the list. Here’s the top 20:

1. Les Miles, LSU: 105,760
2. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame: 91,042
3. Butch Jones, Tennessee: 75,300
4. Mark Richt, Georgia: 65,240
5. Brett Bielema, Arkansas: 57,958
6. Jim Mora, UCLA: 49,239
7. Steve Sarkisian, Washington: 46,377
8. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: 45,098
9. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: 44,697
10. Bo Pelini, Nebraska: 43,162
11. Mark Stoops, Kentucky: 43,068
12. Mike Leach, Washington State: 42,173
13. Will Muschamp, Florida: 39,583
14. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: 32,849
15. Gus Malzahn, Auburn: 32,186
16. Gary Pinkel, Missouri: 31,664
17. Mack Brown, Texas: 29,860
18. Lane Kiffin, USC: 29,790
19. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia: 28,503
20. Charlie Strong, Louisville: 28,152

It is worth noting that Nick Saban isn’t on Twitter. Even if he were, it would be a terribly boring account to follow.

Why does Stoops have so many followers already? Aside from the surge of excitement for football in the Big Blue Nation, he’s pretty good at this Twitter thing. Here’s why:

He knows the power of the subtweet — Stoops can’t mention recruits by name until they’re signed, obviously, but like Calipari, he is an expert at the wink and the nudge. Check out the tweet above. What happened on April 27th? Tymere Dubose and Darryl Long committed to the Cats. I see you subtweetin’, Coach…

He works the trends— After UK drew over 50K for the Spring Game last month, Stoops tweeted pictures from the event for the next week, trying to keep the program’s momentum trending upward.

He loves a good photo op — This photo of Stoops and Cal from the CATSPYs was successful on many levels: it shows the Commonwealth’s two favorite coaches interacting, gives fans an insider’s look, and seriously makes me want one of those desserts.

He shows the softer side of Stoops — One of the best things about Twitter is that it can give fans an inside look at their favorite celebrities or sports figures. Stoops knows that the BBN loves their new coach, and occasionally tweets “behind-the-scenes” pics from team functions, or snapshots from his life off the field. Who doesn’t love this picture of him and his boys at the Rolex Three-Day event?

Give our man some love @UKCoachStoops.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

18 Comments for Mark Stoops is the 11th most followed college football coach on Twitter

  1. asdf
    3:02 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Not bad for someone who has yet to coach is first game!

  2. kadizkat
    3:06 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Love this guy, if he can coach, it’ll be a fun ride.

  3. Jordan
    3:06 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    He’s passed 43.2 thousand now. Number 10!!!

  4. Common Sense
    3:08 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink


    I know you aren’t perfect, but I believe its supposed to be “they’re signed” not “their signed” in the first example of Stoops tweets. Although I say this and there is probably something wrong with my grammar in this comment…

  5. Musehobo
    3:18 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    @Common Sense

    *Although, I say this,

    And “comment” only needs one period, unless your planning on finishing your thought later.

  6. Eric K
    3:21 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    STOOPS 3rd years…… THE CATS will be fighting for the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP!! GO CATS!!

  7. Chaz
    3:55 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    To Coach Stoops and our UK football team. My hopes for the season: Win the WKU game, be competitive in every game, don’t do laughable photoshops on Twitter, and I trust coach and team to take care of every other aspect of business. I’m just going to enjoy the season.

  8. Common Sense
    4:06 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    6, like I said at the end of my comment, I will have mistakes in it as well.

  9. ditm
    4:10 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    6 – since we’re playing that game, your first ‘your’ should be ‘you’re.’

  10. Tanks fer Nuttin
    4:13 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    He just past Bo Pelini.

  11. Roland
    4:31 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    1, there is that fellow that now has a inside a pumkin pukey orange wardrobe that has never coached a game @ his CURRENT school @ #3.

  12. Roland
    4:34 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs TT is the ‘”Casey” Kasem’ of KSR. {meant with respect}

  13. Musehobo
    4:34 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    10) Dammit!

  14. Roland
    4:36 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    forgot the demographics here (might need a ref):

    6:08 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    The SEC is amazing. Stoops is 11th in the country yet 7th in the SEC. #smh

  16. cracka
    9:31 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    14 – it’s “damnit”

  17. Jon Lock
    10:30 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Is it me, or you include the tweet about the crawfish boil, but not say anything about it?