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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Teams That Twitter

It's getting close to back to school time.  I'm down to twelve days myself.  No doubt there will be some new thing the kids are doing.

I finally started doing Twitter a month or so ago.  As you might assume, I've got a massive list of twitterers I follow, from athletes to sportswriters to federations and all kinds of others.

Whereas the original use of Twitter was mostly to announce the often mundane topics of everyday life (example: "My pastrami on rye was pretty good"), it rapidly became used as a news and PR service.  College athletic departments are almost universally wise to this (bus surprisingly not all of them).  Where they're really on the ball, each sport has its own twitter page.  You can see where I'm going with this.

It's actually quite useful this way.  I recently found out that Texas A&M will host LSU for an indoor dual meet because I saw it on Twitter.  That's going to be a great meet.

I perused the webpages of the teams in the major conferences and compiled a list of their track-specific twitter pages.  What I find rather dismaying is that for the colleges that do have separate twitters for each sport, more often than not the track program does not participate.  It does fall on the coach (or his/her designee) to do the tweets, but the thing about Twitter is that it doesn't take a lot of time and can be done pretty much anywhere you can get cell phone reception.  Not surprisingly, the track programs that do Twitter are often the ones known to outhustle their competition.

Duke @DukeTrackField
Florida State @FSU_track
North Carolina @tarheeldistance (coach, not official university)
North Carolina State @PackTrackField (never been used)
Virginia @UVA_Track

Big East
DePaul @DePaulXCandTF
Lousiville @louisvilletrack
Miami (FL) @MiamiTrack
Notre Dame @NotreDameXCTF
Providence @PCXCTRACK
St. John’s @STJ_Track_XC
South Florida @USFTrack

Big Ten
Illinois @IlliniTrackXC
Michigan @michigan_track
Penn State @JessRiden (director of T&F)
Wisconsin @Badger_Track

Big Twelve
Iowa State @ISUtrackXC
Missouri @MissouTigersTF
Nebraska @NUTrackandField
Texas (men) @TexasMTF
Texas A&M @aggietrk

Conference USA
Central Florida @UCF_Track
Houston @UHCougarTF

Conference @HepsTrack
Princeton @PrincetonTrack

Mountain West
Air Force @AirForceFalcons
Colorado State @CSURAMSTRACK
TCU @TCUTrackField
Utah @Utah_trackfield

Arizona State @SunDevilTFXC
Cal-Berkeley @Cal_Track
Washington @uwtrack
Surprisingly, Oregon does not do track-specific Twittering, but there's
@vinlananna and @Track_Town_USA and during track season sportswriter @KenGoe is you go-to Duck track guy

Alabama @AlabamaTrack
Florida @GZTrackField
Kentucky @KentuckyTrack
LSU @LSUTrackField
Ole Miss @CoachJoeWalker
Mississippi State @msutrackschmidt

If I've missed any, put 'em in the comments section.

What's On
Tomorrow the Copenhagen Athletic Games take place in the Danish capital.

Track on TV
Diamond League Monaco rerun, 5 PM tomorrow on Universal Sports
Diamond League Stockholm rerun, 1:30 AM Friday on Universal Sports
Great City Games rerun, 1 AM Friday on Universal Sports
Running the Sahara, 11:20 AM and 11:45 PM tomorrow on Showtime Family Zone

1 comment: said...

Some coaches tweet as well, though. Quincy Howe from Wyoming is qhowe and tweets from meets.