Well, he only got one reply that actually included a phone number, and we're too scared to call it, so he probably was too. On Wednesday, the Sun Belt announced a one-game suspension for Arkansas State linebacker Qushaun Lee for an illegal hit against Alcorn State during their Saturday game. The league said Lee lowered his helmet when he got to the Alcorn State quarterback. Apparently there was some consternation over this decision, so Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson (formerly of the MAC and the WAC) used his Twitter to open up the floor to reasonable discussion. Last night, Benson posted this:
Don't ask about the picture of the hat, he includes it with practically every tweet. As far we can tell, no one took the bait, unless this guy actually answers the phone at 1-800-EAT-COCK:
Elsewhere, people just weren't going to give the guy their phone number:
That last guy has it right: there's esentially no point, and Benson got what he deserved for the phony feint at transparency. It gets you a couple points with a couple saps, but what would Benson have done if someone had given him a great argument for overturning the suspension? No one wants to vent to the guy that screwed their team, they want to vent about him to people that will be sympathetic, or maybe at him, when they know he won't respond. You're going to get a lot of that last option when you ask for aggrieved students's phone numbers over Twitter on a Friday night.
Update: I called 1-800-EAT-COCK. The opening monologue: "Yeah you heard right, stud. I've got a hearty appetite for a special kind of meat, and I know you've got just what I need to satisfy my craving." Then it asks for your credit card number. If that kid was just pulling a number out of thin air, he's got a gift, and if we don't hear from Karl Benson for a while, we'll know he's arguing the finer points of illegal tackling with the phone-sex worker that mans 1-800-EAT-COCK.