“So when I tweet, it’s important.”

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.


Filed under Pac-12 Football, Social Media Is The Devil's Playground

14 responses to ““So when I tweet, it’s important.”

  1. TomReagan

    What could be wrong about managing a football program via twitter? It’s how we manage our country.

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  2. I have no problem with the best player on the team making his opinion known.

    The forum for said opinion could have been a better spot like the athletic director’s office.


  3. JCDAWG83

    What could go wrong with letting one 19 year old dictate the direction of your football program or letting 18-22 year olds who have never done anything in life but be students living off of their parents run your university? Seems like a great idea to me.


  4. The Quincy Carter of Accountants

    I realize this isn’t the point…but it seems like some school with fairly serious athletes is going to hire Ken Niumatalolo at some point and it is going to be excellent.


    • JCDAWG83

      I remember the same being said about Paul Johnson when he was at Navy.


      • TomReagan

        I haven’t heard that Niumatalolo’s a total ass like Johnson is. I still believe that if Johnson could recruit at all he’d be a real problem.


  5. AusDawg85

    Either the Russians or a guy in a cave in Afghanistan invented Twitter as a way to destroy western civilization. And it’s working.