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Tweeting up a storm: one tweet and its aftermath

Someone told me today that Al Golden is tired of refuting the coaching rumors.

I would be, too.

But refute it he did on Thursday, even if it was privately to University of Miami interim athletic director Blake James

The tweet that started the online frenzy: "Al Golden, a favorite of Barry Alvarez, has emerged heavily at Wisconsin. Source says Golden mulling a decision today.’’

Alvarez is the Wisconsin athletic director.

The tweet came from a respected journalist, former New York Times sports writer Pete Thamel, now at Sports Illustrated. Pete has more than 69,000 followers on Twitter, so he has an impressive audience.

About a half-hour later, Thamel posted this tweet: “Just got word that Al Golden is flattered by Alvarez's interest but staying at Miami.’’


I guess the "mulling" didn't take long.

Anyway, UM associate athletic director for communications and marketing Chris Freet said UM interim athletic director Blake James chatted with Golden about it.

Al isn’t going anywhere,’’ Freet said. “He’s 100 percent committed here.’’

I have to admit, I had a few heart palpitations when I saw the tweet. Didn't want to think about the prospect of a coaching search and what that would mean for the Hurricanes during this precarious period.

Glad it got resolved quickly. Scary how powerful Twitter has become.

Susan Miller Degnan