Ohio State’s Urban Meyer became the first football coach to reach 1 million Twitter followers, as shared (and bragged about) by the team’s Twitter account on Sunday evening.
But Meyer was soon joined by another coach with the milestone: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. Internet conspiracy theorists think Harbaugh got to 1 million thanks to a sudden influx of “egg accounts,” or anonymous accounts.
I know, I know: Nov. 26 needs to get here so Michigan and Ohio State can just play already.
Still, the internet has made this something to talk about. That said, it’s important to note that both Meyer and Harbaugh have many egg followers that help bolster their numbers. It’s the timing that’s bothering some Ohio State fans.
Meyer responded to the follower count by tweeting the Buckeyes are the “BEST fans in the land” while also thanking the fans.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 2, 2016
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) October 3, 2016
When asked about the 1 million followers on Monday, Meyer downplayed its importance while acknowledging it could have some benefits when it comes to recruiting.
“If it helps us sign a great player, that’s great. If it doesn’t, I don’t really care,” said Meyer on his 1 million Twitter followers.
— Kevin Harrish (@Kevinish) October 3, 2016
The competition will continue, both real and imagined, between Meyer and Harbaugh. It’ll be that way on Twitter, on recruiting visits and on actual on-field results. This is just the latest sign on how serious fans take the rivalry.