Tweet heard round CFB

Johnny Manziel

Vance Bedford's run on Twitter, where he was a must-follow among Texas fans and beyond, may be over before a game is even played.



After a firestorm erupted following a tweet by Bedford Sunday night about Johnny Manziel having "played back yard ball for 3 years" and now needing to learn "how to be a Qb,"Vance Bedford told the Austin American-Statesman he's done with Twitter.

The former Longhorn football player and current defensive coordinator had been prolific on Twitter (undoubtedly for recruiting purposes), pumping out sayings such as: "If you think you can do something that's confidence. If you can do it,that's competence. Both are needed for success."

He tweeted out pictures of famous football Longhorns, such as Bobby Layne and Steve McMichael. He tweeted out the accomplishments of UT players such as Brad Shearer and Ricky Williams.

He's even weighed in on local eatery Bonedaddy's as a BBQ joint.

Back on Jan. 30, 2014, Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) asked on Twitter: "who wants to see the (Longhorns) and the (Aggies) play again?"

He followed up several hours later, saying "UT and the (Aggies) should set up a schedule to play again in the future. What a great game for the state of Texas."


Then on Sunday, Bedford weighed in on Johnny Manziel as an NFL prospect by tweeting, "Manziel is a top 10 pick by the scouts. I wish him the best. He played backyard ball for 3 years. Now he will have to learn how to be a Qb."

Bedford's twitter page.

Bedford later said he wasn't taking a shot - only commenting on how some spread QBs have had a difficult transition to the NFL.

Still, it took almost no time for Bedford's tweet to get picked up and picked apart by a list that includes Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt, Manziel's QB coach George Whitfield and Skip Bayless of ESPN's First Take.





Whitfield said on ESPN: "I understand [Bedford] has an opinion. I'm just surprised he has time to tweet about it given the Longhorns task at hand with their defense."


Of course, any time someone at Texas or Texas A&M says something/anything about the other, it's going to be seen as stirring the pot. And they are going to take heat.

Manziel took a shot at Charlie Strong on Instagram in March. And Strong laughed it off repeatedly.

This stuff is why college football has so much more passion than the NFL among its fan bases.

And Bedford has a big personality. So does Steve Spurrier. So do a bunch of coaches.

Hey, as long as Bedford's defense can come close to replicating what Louisville's defense did last year:

No. 1 in total defense nationally (251.5 ypg)

No. 2 in scoring defense (12.2 ppg)

... Bedford will be able to say a lot of things ... maybe even on Twitter once again.

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