ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel: social networking has changed dynasties and recruiting in college football

Ivan Maisel, a senior writer at ESPN.com and host of the ESPNU College Football Podcast, wrote a very intriguing piece about how college football “dynasties” have more or less met their match over the past several years.

He cites changes in freshman eligibility, an increased emphasis on the passing game and the growing desire among college players to get to NFL as soon as they can. But he makes one other interesting point: that the rise of social media, like Facebook, Twitter and even online sports news sites, have also contributed to the downfall of a dynasty.

Through social media, recruits can see everything that’s happening with every team around the country. Just because they live in Texas doesn’t mean they can’t play in Oregon (I’m looking at you, LaMichael James).

It’s an interesting read, especially if you root for a team that’s getting a chance now that some of the dynasties of the past ten or twenty years are falling:

Amplify’d from sports.espn.go.com
• The media, the Internet and social networking. College football is covered more than it’s ever been. Ask the fans in the SEC for their opinions about Boise State. They’ve got them. Last weekend, for the first time in the history of the game, every FBS team had its game televised. Recruits are more aware of teams outside their regions than they’ve ever been. The ability to follow a team on the Internet has flung open the doors of every program to more people than ever. That means there are more opportunities for players. Coaches are more willing to recruit a broader territory than they once did. Unfortunately for coaches, the Internet is a two-way system. Communication goes out. It comes in, too.
No matter how big a control freak the coach is, he can’t control Facebook and Twitter. They move too fast. The world is spinning faster than ever. The days of dominating week after week, season after season are disappearing. A dynasty is not what is used to be. 

Read more at sports.espn.go.com

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One thought on “ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel: social networking has changed dynasties and recruiting in college football

  1. Matthew says:

    “Last weekend, for the first time in the history of the game, every FBS team had its game televised.”

    Tangential, but this means that last weekend, we nearly had “Every game involving at least one IA team was televised, except the one with the number 2 team.” Wow. Thanks, Tom Hansen.

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