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Football Coaches Who Tweet (and Those Who Should)

Sports teams have a dubious relationship with Twitter. The LPGA loves the darn service, while the NBA penalizes on-court micro-bloggers. The NFL and college football are still feeling out their roles in the Twitterverse, and coaches are leading the way. For some, the service is tougher to figure out than the spread offense, while others excel in the limelight, like Tom Brady in a Manhattan bistro. Here, we've compiled a list of five coaches you should follow on Twitter and five who's wit we'd love to see in 140-character missives. After a grueling search (like, 1983-Chicago-Bears grueling), we have our exhaustive list. Now, are you ready for some football?

Coaches to Follow Now

Pete Carroll – University of Southern California head football coach
Of course Carroll tweets. After all, this is the guy who brought Snoop Dogg to a USC practice and counts Will Ferrell as a friend. Random Carroll facts: He loves listening to Santana, and he's a fan of the new L.A. police chief. Hey, whatever it takes to get his mind off USC's recent slump.

Lane Kiffin – University of Tennessee head football coach
In front of the press, Kiffin constantly puts his foot in his mouth. As a result, SEC commissioner Mike Slive has had to treat Kiffin like a hyperactive three-year-old. While his tweets are typically pretty tame, he's worth following if only because one day he's sure to slip up and create a firestorm by bashing an opposing coach or player. For now, check out his lame Lil' Wayne references for a good laugh. If you want an even better laugh, watch the Vols play a game.

Jay Paterno – Penn State University assistant football coach
Jay Paterno might not be his dad, but that's probably a good thing when it comes to Twitter. The younger Paterno tweets photos from family dinner and even lets us know his dad can still play some ball, despite his advanced age. With charming updates like that, what's not to love?

Wade Phillips
– Dallas Cowboys head coach
Since the NFL has been known to feud with Twitter, Phillips has broken rank as one of the only pro coaches to log on. While he's not the most insightful guy, Phillips is a movie buff, and has a sense of humor, too (which is more than we can say about a lot of NFL coaches). Just don't tell commissioner Roger Goodell this exists.

Jim Harbaugh
– Stanford University head coach
There's something about these West Coast coaches. Harbaugh gives shout-outs to his players and gives Cardinal fans a glimpse into his family life. He might not get as much attention as USC's Carroll, but he's just as adept on Twitter.

Coaches We Wish We Could Follow:

Mike Leach – Texas Tech University head football coach
In case you missed it, Leach hates Twitter. In fact, he says people who use it are narcissists. Coming from a guy who gives dating advice on his weekly TV show (e.g., avoid eating at restaurants that serve salad so your date will be forced to eat in front of you), we find this odd. Leach is a Twitter star waiting to happen.

Steve Spurrier – University of South Carolina head football coach
While Spurrier's formerly sharp tongue has dulled in past years, there's still not a coach around that delivers better quotes. The man some call "The Mouth of the South" should relish the chance to take shots at opponents via Twitter, especially those darn Florida Gators.

Tom Coughlin – New York Giants head coach
Coughlin is no spring chicken, and we'd bet our lives that this guy couldn't turn on a computer, let alone tweet. But if he did, we'd love to read reminiscences about his coaching career -- which might have begun prior to World War I.

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach
Belichick is one of the most secretive coaches in the game. If he signed up for Twitter, thousands and thousands would follow his account with hopes that the slightest bit of Patriots news would trickle out, 140 characters at a time. Don't count on it ever, ever happening.

Tom Cable – Oakland Raiders head coach
It's bad enough that this guy has to coach one of the worst franchises in the NFL, but now Cable's dealing with a PR nightmare after news broke that he'd punched an assistant coach. Twitter might be his only way to save face, and his job. "I'm sorry" is definitely short enough to fit in a tweet.

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