Chart: The most popular athletic department Facebook and Twitter feeds

Today, we are taking a look at the popularity of the Facebook and Twitter pages of the SEC athletic departments.  Some athletic departments keep their fans engaged with clever and creative new content better than others.  

Of course, Facebook and Twitter are essentially free means of advertisement.

LSU, Auburn, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt have also done a really nice job of producing creative videos to keep their fans entertained and create excitement about upcoming events.  In the spring, Florida highlighted each assistant football coach with a behind-the-scenes video. Mississippi State doesn't produce videos as regularly as Auburn or LSU, but when they do, the Bulldogs fans seems to really enjoy the videos.

On a national perspective, Ohio State leads the nation with 981,972 facebook fans.  Texas, Florida, Kentucky, and Wisconsin round out the top 5.

Florida leads the nation with 24,949 twitter followers.  Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Kansas round out the top 5.

Surprisingly, despite an enormous enrollment, UCF has just 406 twitter followers and 6,688 facebook fans.

By athletic department, you can check out the Top 25 most popular Facebook and Twitter feeds right here.

Here is the SEC breakdown:

Facebook fans

  1. Florida - 595,238
  2. Kentucky -  470,223
  3. Alabama – 229,102
  4. Tennessee – 200,608
  5. South Carolina - 177,844
  6. LSU – 153,843
  7. Arkansas – 147,911
  8. Auburn – 66,956
  9. Mississippi State - 35,952
  10. Georgia - 35,541
  11. Ole Miss - 27,338
  12. Vanderbilt - 9,856


Twitter followers

  1. Florida - 24,949
  2. Kentucky – 20,917
  3. Alabama - 19,761
  4. LSU - 11,445
  5. Arkansas – 13,379
  6. Georgia – 10,965
  7. South Carolina - 10,579
  8. Auburn – 10,426
  9. Tennessee – 8,891
  10. Ole Miss - 8,475
  11. Mississippi State - 7,281
  12. Vanderbilt - 1,843

Video: Paul Johnson looking forward to new indoor facility at Georgia Tech

In less than two months, Georgia Tech will open a brand new indoor football facility, an 88,000 square feet facility that includes a full length field.

The projected was announced less than one year ago, so construction has moved quickly.

Head coach Paul Johnson said, “It will help with recruiting. But mainly it just helps us function better as a program.”  In the past, inclement weather would force the Yellow Jackets to hop on a bus to the Atlanta Falcons’ indoor practice facility in Flowery Branch, GA.

Georgia Tech is not the only school in the ACC that is nearing completion of a new indoor facility.  Duke head coach David Cutcliffe and his staff will soon benefit from a new state-of-the-art indoor facility on campus in Raliegh.  

Down below, we have the latest video of the construction progress of the Georgia Tech facility, but you may rather check out this video, which shows what the facility will look like once completed.

Chizik pinpoints the #1 key to Auburn turnaround

Gene Chizik’s new book “All In: What it Takes to be the Best” hits bookstores today.

Chizik discussed the book on Fox News Talk Radio this morning and made it clear the book is a message of hope and encouragement.  The book talks a lot about team building and Chizik says that you do not have to be a football fan to like this book.

Reflecting back on his experience at Iowa State, Chizik explained, “I was literally driving along in my car one day and it was negative temperatures on my gage and went it hit 1 degree, I was like, ‘Yes.  This is great.  Then I thought about it and I was like this is messed up.’”

“We really connected to the people in Iowa.  They are down home, hard working, live off the land guys.  That really resonated with my family and myself and we just really embraced that.”

“I felt like everything was on track.  We need that it would take time.  There was no question in my mind the players were buying in to what we are trying to do.  Never did I doubt that we would be able to get it on track.  It was going to take time, but I was willing to take that time.”

On getting the Auburn job, Chizik said, “I didn’t think with a 5-19 record, it was feasible.”  He admitted the first 48 hours were the toughest of his life because he knew he wouldn’t be able to bring all the Iowa State assistants to Auburn and he essentially had to start all over again.

Despite the 5-19 record, Chizik said he had absolutely no doubt in his mind that he was the right guy for the job.  He even told himself out loud, “You are the right guy for the job.”

So how did you get it turned around at Auburn?

Without hesitation, Chizik explained, “Everything is about relationships.  We put a high premium on being able to get our team together.  I wanted them (the players) around us when they didn’t have to be.”

“We had bowling nights, fishing tournaments, Halloween costume nights.”

Chizik said the team building exercises brought about a sense of trust within everyone in the program.

D1 grad assistant lands NAIA head coaching job

Not often do you see a graduate assistant coach land a collegiate head coaching job.

However, sources tell FootballScoop that Michigan State offensive grad assistant Jeff Duvendeck has accepted the head coaching job at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio must give some outstanding recommendations.  Duvendeck is the third Spartan to land a head coaching job in the last two years.  Dan Enos took over at Central Michigan and Don Treadwell took over at Miami (OH).

Duvendeck was set to enter his second season in East Lansing under Mark Dantonio, but couldn’t pass on the opportunity to become a head coach at age 32.  He previously served as the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach at Northern Michigan from 2006-2009.  In 2002, he worked as a grad assistant at Grand Valley State under current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

Duvendeck replaces Cameron Keller, who resigned in May to accept the co-offensive coordinator job at Winona State University.

In 2010, Culver-Stockton finished 1-10.   The Wildcats lost to Lindenwood 90-19.  The 70-0 loss to Missouri Valley may have been the season low, however.

Culver-Stockton competes at the NAIA level.  This season, the Wildcats will open against Graceland, the only team Culver-Stockton defeated last season.


Southern Miss assistant: There's just an intensity we didn't have before

Since Larry Fedora arrived in Hattiesburg, the Golden Eagles have finished 7-6, 7-6, and 8-5.  A year ago, Southern Miss lost high scoring games to East Carolina (44-43), UAB (50-49), and Tulsa (56-50).  There was something missing.

Perhaps one of things that can push the Golden Eagles over the hump is new head strength coach Paul Jackson, who spent last season as the head strength coach at Miami (OH).

Southern Miss offensive coordinator Blake Anderson told the Hattiesburg American, “There’s just an intensity about it that we just didn’t have before. He’s brought accountability and discipline and he wants to hold guys to a higher standard. After the guys have been in there a while, they start to hold each other to a higher standard. It’s contagious.”

Defensive backs coach Grady Brown, who recommended Jackson to head coach Larry Fedora, believes Southern Miss has one of the best in the profession.  Brown, who once served as a grad assistant at LSU, thinks Jackson will one day be thought of like LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt.

Brown said, “Moffitt is one of the best in the business, and 25 years from now I can see Paul being referred to as the same as Moffitt is now.”

Along with Jackson, the Golden Eagle also have a new defensive coordinator in former Illinois assistant Dan Disch.

Southern Miss opens with LA Tech, then travels to Marshall in the second week of the season.  The non-conference schedule includes Southeast Louisiana, at Virginia, and at Navy.


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