You may notice we haven't been throwing up every rumor that hits the wire this coaching search, unlike five years ago when we documented the media mentions of Meyer, Hawkins (hey, I actually got something right!), Shanahan, Alvarez, Fassel, Petrino, Magino, and ultimately, Charlie Weis. Part of the reason is time, but part of it is that we learned our lesson about running after every rumor that hits a message board.
To be fair, it can be entertaining (more so in retrospect) and Keith over at Inside the Irish has done a fantastic job detailing the day to day ups and downs. But ND fans could sue for whiplash with the way that rumors have jumped up and then suddenly reversed course the past few days.
One of the perfect examples of this has been the involement of Twitter to the latest ND coaching search. Poised to become the 2009 equivalent of 2001's Flight Tracker, fans are monitoring twitter accounts for even faster and less relaible rumors than those that show up on message boards or media blogs. The events of Tuesday highlighted just what is fascinatin, and at the same time, maddening, about the latest social media tool being used by coaches who still don't all understand it. Let's look at the timeline.
- Kelly mentions on Monday that he will talk with Notre Dame.
- ESPN's Joe Schad, via Twitter, and other sources mention on Monday that Kelly will interview with Notre Dame in NYC on Tuesday.
- On Tuesday, Kelly denies any sort of interview via Twitter.
- Kelly then puts up a picture of himself (and a Tiger Woods ad) and asks if anyone knows of a good NYC deli.
- UC's Director of New Media and Broadcasting warns that Kelly's Twitter account has been hacked and it hasn't been him sending out the odd tweets.
- Just over two hours later, Gelehrt retracts his statement and confirms that it was in fact Kelly looking for a good reuben sandwich.
- ND fans wonder just what is going on.
The message here remains the same. Don't believe what you read on the internet. (except that last sentence. You can believe that one) and sit tight. There are still too many rumors (now with 50% more Edsall!) and not enough people who actually know what is going on talking. Conventional wisdom is that ND is close to a decision, but conventional wisdom doesn't bat 1.000% during Notre Dame coaching searches. I just wonder which Twitter account will finally break the news of our new coach when it doesn happen.