Twitter Tombstones - Mario Verduzco

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Who is Mario Verduzco?

Quarterbacks Coach for the University of Nebraska; not particularly adept at navigating Twitter’s direct messaging feature.

What did you do to upset Mario Verduzco?

This story is a little more involved than other Twitter Tombstones. As best I can tell, the chain of events leading to Coach Verduzco blocking me began with a polite suggestion that I tweeted at Nebraska’s head coach, Scott Frost:

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From there, things started to get a little strange. About an hour later, I received the following direct message from Coach Verduzco, which appears to have been intended for a “Nick” whom Coach Verduzco noticed follows me on Twitter:

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Hmmm. Naturally, I had to assume that Scott Frost had learned that I am an established youth football coaching legend and instructed Coach Verduzco to look into bringing me onto the staff. In other words, I thought Scott Frost might be serious about returning Nebraska to the Tom Osborne glory days. I’m not one to beat around the bush, so I immediately responded to Coach Verduzco and outlined my very fair terms for joining the staff:

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By any objective measure, these are very generous terms. $40/hr is an absolute bargain for any P5 assistant coach, let alone one with my coaching pedigree and documented history of success. Furthermore, my demand that I be allowed to bring along my youth football coaching staff is actually to Nebraska’s benefit much more than my own. Can you imagine my youth football team’s DC commandeering the Blackshirts? Or the intensity of Barb the Bowling Alley Manager’s offseason workout program? Or the recruits my offensive assistant who is in probation for selling counterfeit Oakleys could bring in? Nebraska was, for a brief second in time, on the cusp of a return to greatness and a likely trip to the College Football Playoff this fall.

Alas, it was not to be.

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