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Some big news broke late Wednesday night.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who’s been a part of some incredible times on the Plains, is headed for the northeast.
Lashlee took the offensive coordinator job at UConn (and a significant pay cut to do so). Immediately, lists of potential candidates were put together. Here’s the recap of last night’s news from SEC Country (as well as Lashlee’s new Twitter).
- Surprise shakeup as OC Rhett Lashlee leaves Auburn for UConn
- Per @BenjaminWolk, how recruits reacted to the departure of Rhett Lashlee
Twitter is one of the greatest forms of live commentary during college football season.
Beat writers live tweet games. Television broadcasts highlight the best tweets from fans. It’s hard to watch a game without spotting a funny tweet or giph. Upon entering school or work on Monday morning, some of the first conversations many have are about something on their Twitter feed that went viral. (This, for example, was one of countless tweets about how ripped referee Mike Defee’s arms were — in his medium shirt, no less — that started trending during the national championship game.).
— Troy Hughes™ (@TommySledge) January 10, 2017
As entertaining as Twitter is during the season, however, it’s become common for players and coaches to silence their social media from preseason camp through the title game in January. And it’s understandable.
Emotions run high for everyone existing in the college football realm during these months. In just a few seconds on Twitter, players can see loads of unnecessary commentary about their play, as well as the play of their team. It makes student-athletes more vulnerable to tweet out something that could be interpreted the wrong way, causing major headaches for them and their football programs.
Occasionally, you’ll find someone like Kerryon Johnson, Auburn’s sophomore running back, who’s pretty active on Twitter during the season (There’s actually a small group of Tigers who tweet quite a bit throughout the year.). For the most part, though, this is rare.
Some players decide to take a break from social media on their own while some coaches encourage it. Gus Malzahn is definitely one of those coaches who urges his guys to stay off of it.
“I think for me, personally, I turn off all of my social media throughout the year. That definitely helps,” Malzahn said when asked about social media at the Sugar Bowl. “I always talk to our players about doing the same thing and just staying focused. I think that’s a big challenge in college football these days with the new social media craze and the Twitter and everything that goes with it and just staying focused. So, we talk to our players a lot about that. And, specifically, quarterbacks, high-impact players.”
Now, though? It’s the offseason.
A few Auburn players in recent weeks have announced their return to Twitter, while some have just been more active. As silly as it can be sometimes, you might be surprised at what you’ll learn by following your favorite players on Twitter (or Snapchat, Instagram, etc.).
Tigers that tweet on a regular basis provide a lot of insight into their lives, sharing everything from favorite new music to political opinions. Sometimes they’ll share a funny instance during their day. It’s usually small things, but it gives fans a look at the lives of the Auburn Tigers away from the field — that makes it more fun to cheer them on when they’re on the gridiron.
Players are eager for tweets, likes and follows, and it might just help solve the never-ending debate of which Auburn Tiger is the team’s best Twitter follow.
- AL.com says Auburn players believe Woody Barrett could be in the mix at quarterback this spring.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk projected Auburn’s 2017 recruiting class.
- ESPN staff writer Greg Ostendorf got an inside look at an Auburn bowl practice with Tigers signee Malcolm Askew.
- Jeremy Henderson of WarEagleReader says Auburn was mentioned on Jeopardy! again (and no, it’s still not in the Pac-12).
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says Alex Kozan and Carl Lawson accepted all-star game invitations on Wednesday.
- The WarBlogler provided some more highlights of Auburn’s win against Missouri on Tuesday night.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn women’s basketball will take on Vanderbilt in Nashville on Thursday night.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) January 11, 2017