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P.J. Fleck reads mean tweets about himself

Maybe it was an initiation rite into the circle of Big Ten football coaches, but new Gophers coach P.J. Fleck agreed to read some mean tweets about himself during the conference media days this week in Chicago.

For sure, it's a sign that someone is a fairly big deal if they get asked to read unflattering things about themselves. It has become a staple of Jimmy Kimmel Live, with no shortage of knockoffs.

It's this kind of tweet, in response to a Patrick Reusse blog post about Fleck, that we're talking about, if you're not up on the genre:

Here's Fleck reading more, courtesy of the Big Ten Network.


Social media star: Up close with the Jelly Fam buzz

On Sunday, Star Tribune college basketball writer Marcus Fuller wrote about how incoming Gophers freshman Isaiah Washington has created interest in himself through the use of social media -- in addition to his ability to do things with a basketball that set him apart from most of high high school peers.

Fuller wrote: "Highlight videos of Washington toying with defenders, using crossover, between-the-legs and spin-dribble moves, before a jump shot or jelly layup have hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Over 280,000 people follow his Instagram account; 27,000 more on Twitter."

How well Washington makes the transition from high school standout to the Big Ten (and possibly beyond) remains to be seen. But, in the meantime, here's a look at what's sparked some of the excitement about Washington and his self-created Jelly Fam Movement. There's a lot more where this came from, but here are the highlights.

SLAM Magazine introduces and explains the Jelly Fam Movement:

Here's a mixtape of his senior season from Primetime Hoops:

Here's a video put together by the University of Minnesota:

Washington's role in bringing back New York City basketball (plus a primer on the 'jelly' finger roll), from VICE Sports:

This is the first of a two-part YouTube 'biopic' on Washington from Ryan Currie of Home Team Hoops. Grab some coffee or a soda before settling in for this one.