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Random and Totally Incomplete SEC Media Days Recap: Arkansas


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.

Caption this!

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.

Graphic by @Landgrant33

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

5 Comments for Random and Totally Incomplete SEC Media Days Recap: Arkansas

  1. SleepieAce
    7:15 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    I met Bret Bielema once. He was very nice.

  2. Bret Bielema
    7:16 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    When I die, don’t go all post John Wayne on me, OK?

  3. shelbyjoe
    7:47 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sick of these coaches crying about hurry-up offenses. The ONLY reason they want a rule against it is because IF everyone is forced to play methodical offense, it allows the traditional big boys who ALWAYS have more depth and talent to more easily win. The hurry-up offenses are good for football, exciting, put up more points and do NOT increase the chance of injury. Crybabies.

  4. Dr uk
    8:13 pm July 17, 2013 Permalink

    BB is a decent recruiter…terrible coach in game. Hot wife. Stories of him parting with wisc students are everywhere. he is a hot head and stupidly tries to engage negativity on tweeter.
    Look forward to automatic W now each time we play them. It used to be am L!

  5. Rockfield, KY
    7:47 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    The hurry-up offense does increase the risk of injury on defensive players due to their inability to sub out during a drive, but it reduces the risk of injury to an offensive player due to the defense being winded. Honestly, the offensive players are usually the ones getting the serious injuries (knees and concussions) so I don’t see the problem in leveling the playing field against the defenses.