2010 NCAA Tournament: Basketball Coaches to Follow on Twitter
Twitter has become all the rage among college basketball analysts, coaches, players, and fans this year.
Players use Twitter to stay connected to their fan base.
Coaches use the social media site to send out player and team updates.
Analysts use the micro-blogging site to post links and find out the latest team gossip.
Bloggers use it as a way to support their team and virtually root with other fans from all over the world.
Whatever the reason, Twitter has become a powerful tool in college sports. And there is no better time of year to find that out than March Madness.
To help there Twitter-obsessed fans, here is a list of head coaches to start following before the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
@UKCoachCalipari—John Calipari, Kentucky
Coach John Calipari tweets about anything and everything.
He comments about workouts. He sends Twitpics of meetings. He retweets links to Kentucky articles.
Calipari is Twitter addicted.
And it seems he has been an addict for some time. Coach Calipari has over a million followers and has sent almost 1,500 tweets.
News stories about Calipari's Twitter use are all over the Internet.
He has had stories written about his use of Twitter to call out ESPN Analyst Pat Forde, then later his use to openly apologize to Forde. Yahoo wrote an article about how he had a large amount of followers drop off his follower count.
It also seems his friends are enablers of his Twitter addiction. There is even a story about how Calipari has an ongoing follower count competition with his good friend Tom Crean, the head basketball coach at Indiana.
He should be good for a few notable tweets during the tournament. Make sure to follow Coach Calipari on Twitter (@UKCoachCalipari).
@CoachBrucePearl—Bruce Pearl, Tennessee
Bruce Pearl might not have anywhere near the follower count (roughly 14,000) or tweet count (roughly 200) that John Calipari has, but he has been known to pull an antic or two during his time as head coach of Tennessee.
Hopefully, as the tournament progresses, Pearl will take to his Twitter account to post updates about the Vols tourney action. If the guy can paint his chest with a big orange V and hang out in the student section, he can grasp the concept of Twitter!
Make sure to follow Coach Pearl on Twitter (@CoachBrucePearl).
@CoachTurgeon - Mark Turgeon, Texas A&M
He doesn't have his Twitter bio filled out yet, but Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon has more followers than Bruce Pearl and has a Twitter background reminding fans that the Aggies have been to four straight NCAA tournaments.
Make that five.
After his team was selected for this year's tournament, he sent a tweet expressing his excitment for the fifth-straight A&M trip to the tournament.
His No. 5 seeded Aggies will face No. 12 Utah St. in the opening round.
He has been tweeting with more frequency and more relevant teams updates, so look for him to continue the trend during the tournament.
Make sure to follow Coach Turgeon on Twitter (@CoachTurgeon)
@LoboBasketball - Steve Alford, New Mexico
Steve Alford appears to be the flavor of the week again. Not only have his New Mexico Lobos won a conference title and earned themselves a No. 3 seed, but Alford also now has his own larger-than-life Big Ten bobble head.
Things are going well for Alford and the Lobos.
While he appears to be a relative newcomer to Twitter (837 followers, 75 tweets), he could very well decide to video tape himself screaming obscenities at an opposing player, upload it to TwitVid, and send it around to his huge follower base.
Make sure to follow Coach Alford on Twitter (@LoboBasketball)
@BUDrew - Scott Drew, Baylor
Scott Drew has been head coach at Baylor University since 2003. In the last two seasons, he has brought Baylor to national prominence with a berth in the 2009 National Invitation Tournament and the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
He has also taken to Twitter to post tweets to his nearly 2,000 followers.
Like Alford, he appears to be a newbie on the social networking site. But he did send a thank you message to fans shortly after Baylor's selection was announced.
Make sure to follow Coach Drew on Twitter (@BUDrew)