OU football: Bob Stoops' Twitter account opened to the public

It was a big shift in philosophy for Stoops, who said as recently as last month that he did not intend to use the account for anything other than recruiting purposes.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 28, 2013

When the account was unlocked, Stoops had less than 200 followers — mostly recruits, fellow coaches and current and former players. By Wednesday evening, he had more than 5,500 followers and climbing.

Meyer was nearing the 30,000-follower mark at the same time.

Stoops hasn't exactly had a fond relationship with Twitter in the past.

Three years ago, Jaz Reynolds was suspended for a tweet he posted shortly after a gunman opened fire in the University of Texas library.

“Hey everyone in Austin, tx…….kill yourself #evillaugh,” Reynolds tweeted.

When Kameel Jackson was suspended last year, he took to Twitter to announce he was transferring to Texas A&M, which drew an admonishment from Stoops.

“He shouldn't be on Twitter when he's making a foolish statement,” Stoops said then.

Jackson wound up transferring to a junior college and is now at Tennessee.

Wednesday, Jackson was one of the former players who reacted on the site when Stoops' account was opened.

“Coach Stoops has a twitter???? Haha, that's funny,” Jackson posted.

The vast majority of Stoops' tweets have been retweets from the official OU football account.

After Wednesday's practice, that account posted a short video of Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin, who had mentioned Stoops' account in a tweet earlier in the day, encouraging fans to follow the now-open account.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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