With social media becoming more and more a part of everyone’s daily life, it’s no surprise that the coaches around the SEC maintain a big presence on Twitter.
Whether they use it just for recruiting purposes or as an opportunity to grow the brand of their program, it’s become the norm to see coaches fire off tweets almost daily. Let’s take a look at how each SEC head coach uses Twitter, and how much of a following each possesses.
Nick Saban, Alabama
Saban, who has made his personal stance on Twitter quite clear (“I don’t Twitter“), remains the only SEC coach without an account. The day he creates one will be the day to start questioning if the world is coming to an end. However, offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s entertaining social media presence makes up for Saban’s lack of tweeting.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) June 29, 2016
Bret Bielema, Arkansas
Bielema doesn’t tweet every day, but he’s definitely one of the more active coaches on Twitter. Whether it’s keep fans updated on his daily activities, quote tweeting his wife, Jen, about ABC’s The Bachelorette or poking fun at another coach, Bielema is a fun follow.
Can't wait ? https://t.co/T1h88CdGLr
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) July 19, 2016
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Malzahn’s tweeting is pretty sporadic, but he’s a regular on social media. A number of his tweets are reserved for saying, “Boom!” when Auburn lands a commitment on the recruiting trail, but he also mixes in photos of what he’s doing, as well.
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) July 17, 2016
Jim McElwain, Florida
McElwain is also a regular on Twitter, although he doesn’t post every day. Most of his tweets consist of what he’s doing or promoting the Florida football program, but he’ll also let you know he’s received a commitment from a recruit by tweeting, “#ChompChomp.”
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) June 2, 2016
Kirby Smart, UGA
Smart is new to the Twitter world since landing the head coaching gig at UGA, so it’s no surprise that he’s not as regular of a poster as some of his SEC colleagues. Most of his tweets are geared toward showing what’s going around the Bulldogs’ football program.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) June 24, 2016
Mark Stoops, Kentucky
Stoops tweets periodically, but he’s certainly not a daily user of social media. As many other coaches do, he uses the platform mainly for sharing what he’s up to and promoting all things Kentucky football.
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) June 18, 2016
Les Miles, LSU
Despite having among the most followers of all SEC head coaches, Miles doesn’t use Twitter often. He has stretches where he is more present, but Miles can go for a month without posting. When he does, the Elyria, Ohio, native is not afraid to express his fandom for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) June 17, 2016
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
Mullen is fairly active on Twitter, and he’s not afraid to give loyal Mississippi State fans a retweet. What makes Mullen’s Twitter usage unique is that he displays personality by tweeting photos of his clothes/shoes and videos of him wakeboarding.
Enjoying some final waves this summer. pic.twitter.com/GyVCe787fn
— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 11, 2016
Barry Odom, Missouri
Odom isn’t very active on Twitter, but that could change as he adapts to life as an SEC head coach. For now, most of Odom’s tweets involve promotion of the Missouri football program.
The trend will continue!! Really excited about our future…MIZ-ZOU!!! pic.twitter.com/zEGLYATB2b
— Barry Odom (@Coach_Odom) June 2, 2016
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
Freeze is easily the most active SEC coach on Twitter. You’ll find everything from his daily Bible verses/motivation quotes to promotion for Ole Miss football to back-and-forth conversations with rival fans. He certainly is no stranger to social media.
When U interpret life through Romans 8:28, it gives U a quiet confidence that all will be ok. In fact,it reassures that best is yet 2 come.
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) July 19, 2016
Will Muschamp, South Carolina
Muschamp is another coach that is extremely active on Twitter on a daily basis. While many of his tweets consists of retweets for things related to South Carolina football, you’ll see Muschamp promote his program and connecting with former players.
— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) July 19, 2016
Butch Jones, Tennessee
Jones doesn’t tweet every day, but that hasn’t stopped him from amassing the most followers of any SEC coach on Twitter. The Tennessee coach mainly shows off his program, but recruiting is also a big point of emphasis for Jones.
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) July 14, 2016
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Sumlin isn’t a daily user of Twitter, but he’s pretty active. Recruiting, of course, is a big priority, and Sumlin let’s everyone know when Texas A&M picks up a commitment by tweeting, “#YESSIR!” He also markets his program as much as his colleagues do.
That's why I follow you! https://t.co/n8SbHhmp2r
— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) July 18, 2016
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Mason certainly isn’t very active on Twitter, but he posts every so often to keep a presence on the social media platform. However, the posts have multiplied lately, and the majority of his tweets are about his football program at Vanderbilt.
Why settle for 2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th or even 7th place when 1st is available. Teamwork will make all dreams work?⚓️⬇️ https://t.co/oDRsOLySTU
— Derek Mason (@CoachDerekMason) July 9, 2016