The world in which we live tends to react to news almost as soon as that news exists. It's an instantaneous era. But Trey Burton and Tim Tebow stepped that up tonight.
Less than a half hour before news broke that Will Muschamp would be hired as Florida's next head coach, Florida's Trey Burton tweeted this:
Welcome to the Gator nation coach!!
That tweet got deleted mere minutes afterward, but not before ESPN reporter and Florida alum Erin Andrews, among others, could retweet it. And it set the Florida corner of the Twitter universe on fire.
Then, almost simultaneously, reports of Muschamp being hired poured out, and Tim Tebow upstaged the Heisman Trophy ceremony he's been a fixture at for three years with one of the highest-profile confirmations of news Twitter has seen:
Welcome to the Gator family Coach Muschamp! You'll soon find out why it's great to be a Florida Gator! God bless and Go Gators!!!
There's nothing official from Florida or athletic director Jeremy Foley just yet. But one would think that Tebow is the sort of person who would be in a position to know things about Florida's next coach, and the sort of person who wouldn't race to be first with false reports.