Twice in a five-day span, tweets sent by Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp – both of which were meant to be direct messages – got some run on Twitter and other outlets. Chalk those gaffes up to inexperience.
“I actually did not [send my own tweets] before, but when I had to go on summer vacation, I realized it was going to be a little bit of a hassle to send a message to someone for them to put out. I’ve had to learn on the run here in the last month,” he explained Thursday morning on 740 AM‘s Open Mike radio program.
Muschamp, whose @CoachWMuschamp Twitter account has been active since he was hired by the Gators in December 2010, joked on Tuesday that he could use some help sending out tweets.
“Tickets for free tweet lessons?#???????” he wrote on the social media service.
The first direct-message-turned-tweet he sent – “Got it! Excited about u! Need u!” – was followed by another five days later – “My track record of developing defensive players speaks for itself – u will be special here!”
Muschamp has since received some assistance from a couple of familiar faces and now hopes he does not misdirect any direct messages going forward.
“I found good help at home with my 12-year-old and 9-year-old; they helped me out with some of this Twitter stuff,” he said.
“Actually what happened is, when I get a message, it used to go through my email or text. So I responded, not realizing it wasn’t just a direct message, but it went through my account out to everyone. Thank goodness I didn’t put any names on it so there’s no NCAA issues.”