Sometimes when there is more than one major university within a state, one school gets mistaken for the other. People have called Florida State the Gators or Michigan State the Wolverines because sometimes, it just happens.
But perhaps no two schools get confused more than Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
It’s one thing for national news outlets and people from other parts of the country to confuse the two. But when Mississippi’s largest newspaper does it . . .
The Clarion-Ledger tweeted out an update Thursday afternoon about the Laremy Tunsil lawsuit. The only problem? Mississippi State‘s official football account was tagged in the tweet.
Mississippi State assistant athletic director Bill Martin quickly tweeted back to the Clarion-Ledger letting them know about the error; the tweet was later deleted.
To be fair, this isn’t the first time the schools have been mistaken for each other; heck, they even get confused when national championships are involved.
When Mississippi State’s men’s basketball team made a run for the Final Four in 1996, the Bulldogs were presented with their Final Four hats. Alas, they were the wrong color and had just “Mississippi” printed on them.
In 2013, the Bulldogs made a a run to the College World Series – but T-shirts printed for the event read “Mississippi Rebels.”
In 2014, Mississippi State made it to No. 1 in the nation in football before losing to Alabama. But one headline referenced the Rebels instead of the Bulldogs.
And last year, Belk was selling college football fleece hoodies. But an Ole Miss Rebels hoodie was referenced as a Mississippi State Bulldogs hoodie.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 7, 2015
The mascots are vastly different, as are the school colors. But David Bean, the digital content editor for the Clarion-Ledger, later tweeted that “multiple Mississippi State message board readers came to our Tunsil story on Wednesday,” suggesting the motivation for tweeting Ole Miss content toward Mississippi State accounts was to appease a fan base eager to read bad news about its in-state rivals.
— David Bean (@dbhowell) April 28, 2016
It’s a decent digital strategy, perhaps, but it still doesn’t explain why the site deleted its original tweet only to follow up with a tweet directed toward the official Ole Miss football account.
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