Our inspirational and beloved leader has surpassed 100,000 followers. This is great; however, please keep things in perspective. He’s not as good as some people would say or write. (And not as bad, either!)
For example, Coach is only the 254th most-followed Twitter account according to Twitterholic.com. He’s not even the top-followed sports celebrity: Calipari finds himself behind Shaq (#8 most-followed), Lance Armstrong (#15), Paul Pierce (#148) and Serena Williams (#199). Also in front of Coach Cal: MC Hammer, Levar Burton, Punky Brewster, the guy who wrote Fight Club and Kevin Nealon.
(Note: Twitterholic’s top-followed data is generated from yesterday’s scan of Coach Cal’s Twitter account. That’s why Cal’s Twitterholic profile still shows him under 100k followers.)
But its important to be givers, not takers. Which is why Coach Cal leads all SEC Basketball coaches in followers and updates. The giving is contagious: Coach Rich Brooks leads all SEC Football coaches in followers and the UK Athletics official Twitter account leads all other SEC Athletic Departments in followers.
Below is a table full of SEC Coaches & Athletic Dept. Twitter accounts. Coaches’ Twitters information was graciously given (and confirmed) by sectalkonline.com’s Linda Williams. I gave my afternoon trying to track down the official Athletic Dept. Twitter accounts. Numbers in parentheses give the amount of followers for the hyperlinked account as of today at 3 PM EDT. If any of the information is incorrect or missing, please give me a hint via email: thefakegimelmartinez at gmail dot com.
|BB: Billy Donovan (n/a)||FB: Urban Meyer (4,028)||Athletics (n/a>||Note: The UF Athletics Department is considering adding more twitter accounts.|
|BB: Mark Fox (n/a)||FB: Mark Richt (5,003)||Athletics (n/a)|
|BB: John Calipari (101,632)||FB: Rich Brooks (7,481)||Athletics (4,581)|
|BB: Darrin Horn (n/a)||FB: Steve Spurrier (n/a)||Athletics (n/a)||Note: Steve Spurrier Jr. does Twitter (155 followers).|
|BB: Bruce Pearl (2,570)||FB: Lane Kiffin (6,342)||Athletics (n/a)|
|BB: Kevin Stallings (n/a)||FB: Bobby Johnson (n/a)||Athletics (275)|
|BB: Anthony Grant (n/a)||FB: Nick Saban (1,606)||Athletics (2,924)||Note: Other football coaches update this account (2,623 followers)|
|BB: John Pelphrey (116)||FB: Bobby Petrino (379)||Athletics (969)||Note: Both Pelphrey’s and Petrino’s accounts are “parked” by UA’s Athletics Administration. Neither coaches are updating them. One columnist is trying to encourage Petrino to tweet.|
|BB: Jeff Lebo (n/a)||FB: Gene Chizik (n/a)||Athletics (156)|
|BB: Trent Johnson (n/a)||FB: Les Miles (4,072)||Athletics (2279)|
|BB: Andy Kennedy (n/a)||FB: Houston Nutt (n/a)||Athletics (n/a)||Note: Yes, Virginia, there is a fake Houston Nutt on Twitter.|
|BB: Rick Stansbury (n/a)||FB: Dan Mullen (1,062)||Athletics (1213)|
Bless my soul!