Gary Patterson couldn’t resist live tweeting the national championship game between Georgia and Alabama on Monday night.
One of the TCU head coach’s tweets, however, didn’t go over so well with fans several hundred miles north of Fort Worth in Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma fans were up in arms after Patterson sent a tweet with an ‘eye emoji’ during the thrilling season finale between the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide.
— Gary Patterson (@TCUCoachP) January 9, 2018
Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley has made it a highly-publicized routine to tweet the same emoji when a prospect is on the brink of announcing his commitment to play football at Oklahoma — dubbed a “Sooner alert.”
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) January 7, 2018
Some of the responses to Patterson tell the whole story.
Gary Be like. I can’t beat him so ima steal his emoji and pretend to be cool! pic.twitter.com/3Z4qaYrzEE
— SoonerBaum (@SoonerBaum) January 9, 2018
— Brady (@brady__davis) January 9, 2018
— ⭕️🙌🏻SoonerBrissey21🦌🥀 (@SoonerBrissey21) January 9, 2018
Copying isn’t cool #Rileydiditfirst
— Ricky Stover (@RickyStover2) January 9, 2018
Coach, calling a #Sooner alert??
— mgcsooner (@mgcsooner) January 9, 2018
Obviously, Riley isn’t the only one who has ever used the emoji in a tweet. But some of the Oklahoma faithful clearly prefer that others, much less a rival Big 12 coach, stay away from Riley’s go-to character on the keyboard.
TCU fell short vs. Oklahoma twice in the 2017 season, first at Norman on Nov. 11 and then in the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 2. The Sooners and Horned Frogs are set to meet again in Fort Worth on Oct. 20.