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By Zac Ellis
Some interesting news came out of the Twitterverse last night, as a tweet from former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker’s account surfaced saying he’d accepted money while a member of the Crimson Tide (screen grab courtesy of @edsbs).
It didn’t take long for the tweet to catch fire, and Fluker quickly deleted it before his agent, Deryk Gilmore, claimed his player’s account was hacked.
As Jason Kirk of SB Nation notes, this tweet seems out of character for Fluker given his previous tweets. And Fluker is preparing for this weekend’s NFL draft, where he’s projected as a potential first-round pick. One would think he wouldn’t drop this kind of earth-shattering news on Twitter just days before cashing in on an NFL contract.
Though it would have been entertaining to hear Nick Saban’s reaction, this news — as Fluker and his agent claim — seems to have come from a hacker.
Update: Gilmore told AL.com that he and Fluker have identified the individual who hacked the player’ s account. “This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof,” Gilmore said. “I’ve been on the phone with Twitter.”
By Zac Ellis
It’s no secret that James Franklin is changing the culture at Vanderbilt, which has long been a cellar dweller in the SEC. But the coach is also making waves on Twitter, and in interesting ways.
On Tuesday, Franklin sent out a tweet about the growing demand for Vanderbilt season tickets. Apparently, Commodores fans are snatching them up like hotcakes. But the tweet included some questionable spelling:
Just received great information on our season tickets.If u are used 2 the days of waiting until June 2 bye ur season tickets,think again!
— James Franklin (@jamesfranklinvu) April 16, 2013
Fans — or, more likely, opponents — made sure Franklin was aware of his mistake. He then reminded those fans that he isn’t an English teacher:
Ominous news out of Gainesville, where whatever image-manipulation fever Joker Phillips has appears to have been transmitted to Brent Pease:
Every time you go up in the air, you’re dangerous, if last season’s Sugar Bowl is any indication.
• That’s a lot of keys to imagine jangling in the general direction of a lot of computer screens.
• Alabama is not the national champion at something, and we find this deeply unsettling.
• No, we don’t know why that many people want to know about Tennessee or Auburn football either.
Johnny Manziel told Mark Schlabach he’s quitting Twitter, leaving that shot of him with 2 Chainz as his last significant social media radar blip. It’s no secret to readers here that Johnny Football is our favorite Heisman personality of all time, and in the lean, football-free months all we get of him are Twitter posts and practice reports. Internet, we are the reason we can’t have nice things.
Impressive science-doing by the folks at Nielsen, who’ve determined that the more people are talking about a television show, the more people might tend to be watching that show:
By analyzing Tweets about live TV, the study confirmed a relationship between Twitter and TV ratings. It also identified Twitter as one of three statistically significant variables (in addition to prior-year rating and advertising spend) to align with TV ratings.
Honestly, we could’ve told them as much by pointing them to our Twitter feed during the Belk Bowl: