Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, January 28, 2013

Akron Twitter Handle

We've seen Twitter handles or hashtags in end zones, on football fields and on basketball courts. And if it wasn't for the NCAA rejecting its latest request Monday, Akron would have had its team Twitter handle (@ZipsMBB) on the nameplates of its jersey Saturday. Instead, the Zips will put @ZipsMBB on their warmup shirts.

This is great move on the NCAA's part, considering it didn't grant Iowa permission to wear Chris Street's surname on the back of its jersey last week.

Before the NCAA announced it had rejected Akron's request, though, I had a few questions about how this would impact the future of uniforms. (Yes, I really like uniforms.) For example, would other teams follow Akron's lead? Would a school make this a permanent thing? And would this ever become the norm?

Luckily, we don't have to worry about those things – for now. But I wouldn't be surprised if teams find a way around the NCAA on this one, with, say, a Twitter patch on the shoulder of the jersey. That said, it's hard to believe a Big Ten team would Twitter-ize its jersey for anything more than a "Social Media Night."

Right? I mean, is it not enough to have it plastered around the stadium/arena and on the field/court?

Here are some tweets about the idea:

About Brent Yarina web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature "Clothes Call," which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina's RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.