It’s Day Two of SEC Media Days! For almost every team session, I will provide a quick and totally incomplete recap. Next up: Arkansas‘ Bret Bielema.
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Coming from the Big Ten, Bielema was bound to get a question about the differences between the two conferences’ media days. He got it out of the way in his opening statement by assuring the media that their Media Days was far superior to those of his “previous institution”:
“It’s been kind of a whirlwind. I’ve had media days before, but nothing like today.”
Later on, Bielema was asked to expand on those comments (More compliments on our media circus please! chirp the media members), and he motioned to the “engaging crowd” in the room, specifically a guy who was asleep on the front row. That guy promptly woke up.
“We want to play normal American football.”
What kind of football does Bielema want to play at Arkansas? GOOD FASHIONED NORMAL AMURRRICAN FOOTBALL, of course. He may or may not have chugged a PBR and crushed the can against his head after saying that.
Shut your face, Malzahn
Bielema was not amused by Auburn’s Gus Malzahn’s comments about hurry-up offenses and player safety. Bielema believes hurry-up offenses cause injuries, which Malzahn joked about during his session, saying “That’s like saying we shouldn’t blitz after first down because the defense is fatigued.” Bielema got pretty heated when asked about Malzahn’s remarks, telling reporters “the personal safety of my players is paramount. It’s not a joke to me.” I think we all sat up a little straighter in our seats after that lecture.
Here are the things that Bret Bielema is not, according to him:
– A comedian
– A scientist
– An actor
– A doctor
But he does think he’s funny at times. (He really is.)
No one could follow Bielema, so I didn’t bother to get quotes from players.
I’ll have another recap of Day Two in the night post, so stay tuned.