Advice for Gardner-Webb fans from the man behind the UMBC Twitter account

Advice for Gardner-Webb fans from the man behind the UMBC Twitter account

This morning's Fresh Take comes from UMBC social media guru Zach Seidel, who captured the internet's hearts when the Retrievers upset Virginia last year.

One of the best things about social media is that it allows fans to interact with their favorite teams and players.

At first, teams used the medium as another way to send out press releases and statements, but over the past few years, many teams/programs have realized the value of using the interactive space as way to show personality and their inner fan. The LA Kings really started the trend during their first Stanley Cup run in 2012, the Colorado Rockies and Vegas Golden Knights have taken it to a whole other level, while the entire NBA is so ingrained in Twitter that #NBATwitter is its own sub-culture of social media. 

During UMBC’s NCAA Tournament run last year, the Twitter account went from 5,400 followers at tip-off of the first game on Friday night, to 111,000 followers by Monday morning. So, if you happen to be running a social media account when your team pulls an upset (though will anyone ever really be better than that one?), here are my tips:

1. Have Fun With It: People love it when famous people are “just like them”, same goes for athletes and teams. Just show some emotion in your tweets, acknowledge the pressure of the moment, make some jokes and answer some questions people ask.

2. Know Your Institution: The game is essentially an infomercial for your school, people are going to want to learn all about the place, so make sure you know important facts about the school to put out there. A key players major, maybe how great of a program that is at your school. Maybe a player is from out-of-state, mention out of state enrollment numbers, etc...It’s your moment to weave information and the game to best promote.

3. Celebrate, But Don’t Hate: People like underdogs, but don’t like arrogant winners. Make sure to celebrate your victory, but never put down the opponent. You can mention the win, but don’t say the other team lost, played poorly, or a certain player was bad. Keep all the focus on your program. Be gracious in victory and don’t “troll” opposing fan base/team/players, that will just turn people off from your school. 

In case you're too excited to listen to my very simple rules, here's a few that will always work:

1. Brb getting fitted for our glass slipper
2. Another 1 bites the dust

Virginia, in case you were wondering, tips off at 3:10 PM ET against 16-seed Gardner Webb. While we didn't make it back to the big dance, we will  always have a few shining moments to look back at on Twitter (and, you know, in NCAA tournament history).


Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".


Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.


Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.