While cyber-bullying is not a good thing, it can sometimes yield positive results. Case in point, it might have saved the SEC from making a very unpopular decision for the upcoming college football season.

On Friday, Walker Hayes posted a video for his song, Y’all Life, on YouTube. The SEC — or at least whoever runs the SEC Twitter account — seemed to like the song, posting “just might be the song of the college football season right here!” and asked Hayes if he wanted to collab. Hayes was interested.

For those unfamiliar, Hayes was the singer on a jingle in an Applebee’s commercial that came out right before the 2021 college football season began. It was not popular among football fans. When college football fans saw the tweets of a potential collaboration between the SEC and Hayes, they made it known that it would not be well received. Those complaints seemed to work, as the SEC tweet was taken down shortly after it went up.

There are two ways of looking at this.

One is that it’s probably embarassing for the SEC to have to backtrack on such an enthusiastic tweet shortly after making it.

On the other hand, if the SEC received this kind of backlash just for suggesting a collaboration, we can only imagine what would have happened during football season if it actually happened. Sure, the SEC may have some egg on its face now but cutting the losses was probably the best decision possible here.

[Photo Credit: Walker Hayes]

About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.