The best/worst news about national signing day is that schools can now reveal the names of players they have been chasing for months.
NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about recruits until they sign their letters of intent, but that didn't stop some on Twitter from making sure their message was getting out.
It seemed curious at first when Washington Huskies' Coach Steve Sarkisian started sending "Woof!" on his Twitter handle. Was he catching a cold? Did he get a new dog? Was he turning into a werewolf?
It soon became clear Sarkisian tweeted "Woof!" each time he had landed a top prospect. Two "Woofs!" meant two players, and last week Sark hit the mother lode with "Woof! Woof! Woof!"
UCLA top recruiter Adrian Klemm thinly veiled a signing with his tweets of "8-Clap!!!!" When Klemm was at Southern Methodist, his code was "Pony Up."
As a public service, we've come up with twitter codes schools might want to consider next season:
--Boston College: "An Eagle has landed!!"
--Arizona State Sun Devils: "Put a Pitch Fork in it!"
--Oregon: "The Shoe Fit!
--Any SEC school: "$$$$$$$$$$!!" (just kidding)
It's a good thing UC Santa Cruz doesn't play major college football: What could you use as code for its nickname: Banana Slugs..."Slime Me!!!?"
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-- Chris Dufresne
Photo: Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press