BCS National Championship - Florida State v Auburn

Nielsen’s top sporting events on Twitter include BCS Championship and Kick Six


Twitter allows for instant reaction and has become a staple in the way we all digest sports. The social network has been one of the easiest and best go-to destinations for talking about college football as news breaks or as games unfold. According to a new report by The Nielson Company, two college football games resulted in some of the most engaging sporting moments on Twitter between September 1, 2013 and May 25, 2014.

The Super Bowl, perhaps as expected, had the largest interactive audience. The NFC and AFC Championship Games were the second and third most engaging sporting events, respectively. The NFL rules, after all. But after that the biggest event was not a World Series game, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals game. It was the BCS Championship Game between Florida State and Auburn.

The 2014 BCS Championship Game reached an audience of 10,404,000 on Twitter with a reported 4,392,000 tweets. The BCS Championship Game also saw more tweets about the game than the AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, according to Nielsen.

The memorable ending to the Alabama-Auburn rivalry game known as the Iron Bowl also appeared among the top ten most engaging sporting events on Twitter between September and the end of March. Chris Davis returned a missed field goal out from the back of the end zone all the way for a touchdown to clinch the SEC West for Auburn. The shock of the moment led to over two million tweets reaching an audience of a little under nine million Internet users.

How many of those tweets had a “#rolltide” attached?

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Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.