Matt Hayes thinks college football has crossed another Rubicon.
One tweet, 10 words: “I didn’t come to Arizona to run the triple-option.”
One tweet, one purposeful and poignant tweet from a football player who three months earlier was an unknown backup on a struggling team, changed the way they do business at University of Arizona and laid the groundwork for similar change elsewhere in college sports.
A paradigm shift may be coming in the way athletes and universities view their complex relationships. The days of players being excluded from key university decisions that affect them may be on the verge of a dynamic detour.
The thing I find strange about this story is that despite crazy talk from Arizona’s president about the process that went into hiring a new coach after Rich Rodriguez was canned (“I want our student-athletes to have a voice,” says Arizona president Dr. Robert Robbins. “I want them to be disruptive problem solvers.”), nobody, including Khalil Tate himself, comes out and actually says his tweet was the reason the school walked away from Ken Niumatalolo. You’d think that’s kind of a big omission, no?
That being said, if there has been some kind of paradigm shift there, good luck to Kevin Sumlin. Managing a football program via Twitter ought to be a real blast.