Thursday, October 8, 2015

KSU, Miss. State agree to football series — on Twitter

In what might be a first in social media history, Kansas State and Mississippi State agreed Friday afternoon to a home-and-home football series on Twitter.

Everything short of signing the actual contract, both athletic directors — K-State’s John Currie and MSU’s Scott Stricklin — hammered out the arrangement through a series of tweets, agreeing as of now for the Bulldogs to visit in Manhattan in 2018 and the Wildcats to go to Starkville, Miss., in 2019.

“It takes a pretty savvy partner,” Stricklin said. “John’s a pretty sharp guy. It was kind of a fun way to do it. There’s a younger generation of guys out there that communicate through these mediums.”

The whole thing got started during a video challenge for the Chillin 4 Charity campaign, in which someone gets cold water dumped on them and makes a financial contribution to the Kay Yow Foundation to raise money for breast cancer research.

Responding to a previous challenge from Stricklin, Currie paid the challenge forward by challenging West Virginia’s Oliver Luck, Virginia Tech’s Whit Babcock and Connecticut’s Warde Manuel to take a cold bath before having two coolers of ice water poured on his head by the K-State football captains.

But in closing, Currie said, “We think Mississippi State ought to come here to Bill Snyder Family Stadium and play a little football sometime.”

The 2018 and 2019 seasons were agreed upon after exchanging a couple tweets back and forth between the two ADs, with Stricklin saying, “Let’s do it” and then adding “Pleasure doing business with you.”

Stricklin told ESPN that he didn’t want to waste the opportunity.

“Mississippi State and Kansas State are two of the leading research universities in the country,” Stricklin said. “Even though we’re land-grant universities, we’re both tech-savvy. You have to be able to run with the advance crowd.”

Though we are far from an official announcement, Currie capped the exchange by saying, “‘Cats and ‘Dawgs tweeting together! Let’s get the paperwork done!”

K-State is also currently slated to host UT-San Antonio in 2018 and Bowling Green in 2019.

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