Over the weekend, I came to a realization:
Yes, there's the real Doug Nussmeier, who was named as Michigan's offensive coordinator last week, and there's his alter ego and his evil twin ... and all three are on Twitter. God bless technology.
One has big plans to overhaul Michigan's offensive line:
During spring practice I'm gonna try everyone out at OL. I mean EVERYONE: Morris, Wile, Countess, Norfleet, and maybe even Kalis— NotDougNussmeier (@NotNussmeierOC) January 14, 2014
Another has already hit the recruiting trail.
The real Doug Nussmeier (please, stand up) has one tweet, so far.
Thanks Bama Nation for a very special two years! Can't wait to get to The Big House! Go Blue!— Doug Nussmeier (@CoachDNuss) January 12, 2014
A day before his alter egos gallivanted through cyberspace, the real Nussmeier went through his first day at Michigan, the footage courtesy of MGoBlue.com
Twitter parodies are nothing new in the world of microblogging - Mashable.com curated a list of must-follow sports parody accounts two years ago: http://mashable.com/2012/03/24/sports-parody-twitter-accounts/
And yes, Twitter has rules for when it comes to parody accounts. Via Twitter:
The bio should include a statement to distinguish it from the account subject, such as "This is a parody," "This is a fan page," "Parody Account," "Fan Account," "Role-playing Account," or "This is not affiliated with…"
And, yes, there's an Al Borges parody account out there, somewhere. The real Al Borges? Blue and Gold Illustrated reported Sunday that he was one of four being interviewed by Notre Dame to become its next offensive coordinator. The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported today that Mike Dembrock will be named to the post.