Last Friday something amazing happened on Twitter. No I’m not talking about the Lebron James announcement, I’m talking about something far more earth-shattering: two ADs coming together to schedule a football home-and-home in 140 characters or less.
Yes, you read that right. Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin and Kansas State’s John Currie hooked up on the social network, sparks flew and before we knew it a 2018 date in Manhattan, Kansas and a 2019 tilt in Starkville, Mississippi were set. Pretty crazy to see it all unfold in such a nonchalant manner, but that’s the beauty of it. It got me thinking: if something as huge as two major football games can be scheduled via Twitter, what could Ohio State Athletic Director, Gene Smith, get done on the social network?
Here’s how I’d like to see 140 characters work for Gene.
First, and foremost let’s fix one of the biggest issues at Ohio Stadium: alcohol sales. Why can’t I buy a beer during a Buckeye game again? Let’s check in on a fellow B1G program that started selling beer in-stadium last season. How’s that working out for you Minnesota? Oh what’s that…you’re doubling the points of sale from 2013? Can we get on this Gene?
Wow, that was easy.
Next up: Michigan. Believe it or not, I want the Wolverines to field a solid team. It’s good for the rivalry, it’s good for the B1G, it’s good for college football. Unfortunately (fortunately? So many mixed emotions.) it’s not going to happen with Brady Hoke. The guy has recruited solid talent since he’s been in Ann Arbor and he's 26-13. To be clear that’s an 11-2 season with Rich Rod’s guys followed by an 8-5 season, then a 7-6 campaign.
Do you see a trend? Yeah me too. As much as it would pain Gene to do it, I’d like to see this tweet to fellow AD Dave Brandon.
Fantastic, really just checking things off the list here. On to the next: conference expansion. I don’t think I’m in the minority here in saying Maryland and Rutgers don’t do anything for me. I know, I know, the east coast market but come on. The B1G could have done so much better from an athletics standpoint. Here’s how I think Gene should handle it on Twitter:
Ummm. Ok, that didn’t go as planned. But hey at least we have Maryland and Rutgers! SARCASM!
Last but certainly not least, I’d love to see Gene set up a home-and-home over Twitter. Just like Stricklin and Currie. But Smith should raise the stakes. Why not got after Tuscaloosa. Here’s how it would go.
I guess not everything can be solved over Twitter.