In February 2016, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block joined Twitter.
This morning, he finally sent out his very first tweet!
Hello, Twitter! Glad to join the conversation, share my priorities as UCLA chancellor and connect further with the global #BruinFamily.— Gene Block (@UCLAchancellor) May 29, 2018
If the early responses are any indication, the “global #BruinFamily” wants him to fire Steve Alford.
Sure, some Twitter users simply welcomed him to Twitter, but the vast majority of the replies to his tweet came from individuals who want the direction of the basketball program and the athletic department changed.
+ Dan (who still doesn’t have a Twitter acct)— Jay Chardonnay (@JonnyChardonnay) May 29, 2018
Fire Steve Alford— Matthew Salinas (@mattuclafan1) May 29, 2018
Fire Alford and Guerrero— Im not a business man. I'm a business, man (@ConnorLeahy1015) May 29, 2018
fire alford— marty (@bruwinss) May 29, 2018
Fire Alford— Evan Berman (@evanaberman) May 29, 2018
FIRE STEVE ALFORD!!!!— Takadoshikutomiku Rikitatakikashite (@FrancoisLuciano) May 29, 2018
Hi @UCLAchancellor! Can you please do something about the basketball coach? I'm tired of having to explain to my daughter what the terms "rape apologist" and "nepotism" mean each time we watch a UCLA basketball game in public.— UCLAFanatic (@UCLAFanatic10) May 29, 2018
Fire Alford and Dan Guerrero— Joe D (@SavePasadena) May 29, 2018
But, the funniest response of all came from @RogerWong who commented on the theme of the responses.
Let’s be real.
The chancellor needs to understand that UCLA Athletics, in general, and UCLA Basketball, in particular, are the primary way most members of the “global #BruinFamily” stay connected to the school.
So, this sort of response is to be expected.
In fact, frankly, I’m surprised that the response hasn’t been bigger than it has been so far. Perhaps, that’s because the chancellor’s first tweet caught many by surprise and many members of the “global #BruinFamily” have yet to realize that he sent out his first tweet today.
In the meantime, if you have a Twitter account, you may want to welcome Chancellor Block to the social media platform.