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Bielema files complaint with SEC over Auburn video

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For whatever reason, Bret Bielema and the Auburn football program simply can’t play nice together.

At the SEC media days over the summer, AU head coach Gus Malzahn labeled Bielema’s criticisms of up-tempo offenses as “a joke,” with the UA coach responding, “I’m not a comedian.”  During summer camp, a former Tiger and current Razorback assistant coach tweeted well-wishes to an injured Hog; Bielema had yet to release the injury information, which did not sit well with the coach.

Monday, the kerfuffle between the coaches/programs bled into the regular season.

Unprompted, al.com said, Bielema brought up during a teleconference Monday an issue he had with the video sent over by Auburn, this Saturday’s opponent.  Essentially, Bielema accused AU of short-sheeting the game film from its win over FAU this past weekend.

Bielema and his staff had watched a television broadcast of the Tigers-Owls game, then watched the game film sent by AU.  It was at that point they noticed what they alleged was creative editing on Auburn’s part.

“There are just some clips that haven’t — shall we say, the TV copy doesn’t match the film copy,” Bielema said Monday. “And it’s something we have kind of been aware of now for the last week and half in getting our preparation. So we can use other film and stuff like that to make sure we are getting the full picture.”

The issue was sufficient enough that a complaint was filed with the SEC; a source told al.com that the conference had no major issue with the video Auburn sent.  Interestingly, however, the paper noted that Bielema may have bent-to-the-point-of-breaking an SEC bylaw that prohibits coaches from discussing with the media any video issues such as the one the head coach raised yesterday.

Despite the formal complaint to the SEC, Bielema is certain (eye roll) that Gus Malzahn will have this glitch corrected moving forward.

I’m sure it’s a glitch,” Bielema said. “I know Gus stands for everything that’s right and (has) great faith in doing things right. So, I’m sure it’s just a glitch that they’ll get to the bottom of.”

(Writer’s note: I’ll give you time to scrub the sarcasm off your screen… waiting… and we’re good.)

The mini-brouhaha is the latest off-field hiccup for Bielema in his first season at the school.  The hiccups have been aplenty on the field as well, with Arkansas having lost five straight games heading into the matchup Saturday with an Auburn team ranked in the Top 10 in Malzahn’s first season as AU’s head coach.

While the Tigers are second in the SEC West behind Alabama, the Razorbacks have lost all four of their conference games — and have lost them by an average of over 32 points per game (44.7-12.5).  Saturday’s game against Auburn will mark Arkansas’ fifth straight game against a ranked SEC team; that’s the first time since UA joined the conference in 1992 that has happened to any team in the league.

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37 Responses to “Bielema files complaint with SEC over Auburn video”
  1. lbroberts123 says: Oct 29, 2013 9:36 AM

    I can’t wait to watch Auburn wax Arkansas so Bielema can shut up. All he has done since he came to the SEC is try to start stuff. Kiffin 2.0

  2. be4bama says: Oct 29, 2013 9:37 AM

    Brett’s doing his best to divert attention away from the fact he is a horrible coach!!

  3. dhlions says: Oct 29, 2013 9:59 AM

    Its the guys first season coaching a team of players he inherited, playing in the most competitive/talented conference of the day. Give the guy a break.

  4. bigdinla says: Oct 29, 2013 10:11 AM

    Dhlions,
    People would cut Brett some slack if he would shut up. You don’t get to talk like Spurrier until you win something.

  5. chmba says: Oct 29, 2013 10:12 AM

    As far as I know, Malzahn is a pretty ethical guy BUT Auburn athletic department not so much. Fake courses in the past, etc.

  6. afrancis55 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:16 AM

    I did a little research about this topic and apparently it’s a formation Auburn shows when they line up for a PAT that’s not in the tape.

    Don’t worry Bielma you’ll get to see that formation many times during the course of the game as Auburn waxes your a$$ and hangs 40 or 50+

  7. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 29, 2013 10:39 AM

    Clearly this has nothing to do with why Arkansas is so bad. Cry me a river Bielema. Win games, then talk.

  8. jonkybon says: Oct 29, 2013 11:02 AM

    bigdinla says: Oct 29, 2013 10:11 AM

    Dhlions,
    People would cut Brett some slack if he would shut up. You don’t get to talk like Spurrier until you win something.
    ________________

    At least he hasn’t appeared on TV drunk like Slurrier did.

  9. realitypolice says: Oct 29, 2013 11:08 AM

    The Arkansas players should send their captains to kindly request that Bielema put a sock in it.

    He’s not the one who has to go out there and get pounded on Saturday.

    I don’t know the line on this game, but they can’t make it high enough. Malzhan will still be trying to score touchdowns during the post game handshakes.

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    Antics like this are nothing new for Bielma. He tended to go out of his way to pick fights with other coaches while he was in the Big Ten. I, for one, was very glad to see him and his mouth leave Wisconsin.

  11. BrownsTown says: Oct 29, 2013 11:31 AM

    Ohio State made him cry. Top that.

  12. tendigitpoet says: Oct 29, 2013 11:39 AM

    Taylor, you crack me up with your writing style.

    Meanwhile…Arkansas’ loss (subtraction by addition) is the B1G’s gain (vice versa). Bielema has only a fraction of the class that Barry Alvarez has.

  13. rolltide510 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:43 AM

    I’d like Bielema much better if he’d appear drunk on TV. Surely it will occur at some point this season.

  14. John Taylor says: Oct 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    @tendigitpoet: Thanks? (anything even remotely resembling a compliment on this site makes me leery)

    And no need to be so formal with this “Taylor” stuff; call me JT. Or Mr. T.

  15. Deb says: Oct 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    JT, you are in fine form this morning ;)

    @bigdinla …

    Excellent post. We love the Ol’ Ball Coach for his entertainment value, but you have to earn your props. However, based on comments by B1G fans, I gather shooting from the lip is Bielema’s style. And he’s not doing himself any favors–especially if he’s reporting nonsense to the conference, then boasting about it in the media. You don’t air the family laundry in public.

    Malzahn is doing a terrific job with Auburn. Now that was a good hire.

  16. otis52gsh says: Oct 29, 2013 12:54 PM

    Why do you think Wisconsin was so happy to see this clown leave? He is a horrible coach, and will do all he can to divert attention from that fact.

  17. raysfan1 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    JT–
    I pity da fool who calls you Mr T!

  18. earpaniac says: Oct 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    This is nothing new for Bielema. He picked fights constantly in the B1G as well.

  19. dhardy8207 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:31 PM

    Ok… not a good move to go spouting off before you meet the opposing team on the field. Twice this year BAMA opponents (Ole Miss and UT respectfully) ran their mouths before the game and got absolutely hung out to dry!…

    Despite program issues in the past, by all accounts is Malzahn trying to redirect Auburn’s program in a different direction..

    Just think its dumb for Ol Bret to go picking a fight that the battle chickens will handle on the field…

  20. dkhhuey says: Oct 29, 2013 7:54 PM

    Glad to see Burt is making friends in the SEC!!! What a choad !!!

  21. ducksk says: Oct 29, 2013 11:43 PM

    Brett is a douche. Sooooyeeeee

  22. boscoesworld says: Oct 30, 2013 1:07 PM

    This is only happening because BB cannot pay his assistants what he wants. This guy has an excuse for everything. Insufferable!!

  23. hoggette says: Oct 30, 2013 3:23 PM

    Guess no one read the article. Who started this JOKE?
    Coach M wanted to be picked so badly over Bielema
    and when it did not happen he has the sour grapes. Coach B left a successful team at Wisconsin. He came to a bare cupboard. Coach M did not. We will see who the successful coach is for the long term.

  24. hoggette says: Oct 30, 2013 3:28 PM

    Besides, I wouldn’t say he rates under these coaches some of you so highly regard. He did take them (Wisconsin) to three straight Rose Bowls!!! He deserves a year or two to recruit his own type players.

  25. hoggette says: Oct 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    ESPN take on Auburn not furnishing Arkansas all of game tape. Much different from your view.

  26. rcpecook says: Oct 30, 2013 9:37 PM

    Hey hogette, it’s great to (blindly) have Boleimia’ s back. Let us all check back in 18 to 24 months and see if you still have your “awesome new head coach” pom poms in your hooves.
    WoowooWeeeeeeWeeeeeeee!

  27. waynefontes says: Nov 1, 2013 9:35 AM

    You know if you have fans from multiple SEC and Big 10 schools firing away in agreement at you, you must be either be doing something right (like Urban Meyer, who I don’t like but I’ll give the man his due) ….

    Or in this case from looking at this Arkansas season, something very wrong (guess some people call that karma).

  28. dbrienzo says: Nov 1, 2013 8:20 PM

    Yeah, Urban Meyer left FL for “medical reasons” that the school sure didn’t want publicized. That reason is pretty well known around the country and Urban’s ethics aren’t endearing him to a lot of his peers in the conference.

    As far as Bielema’s official complaint, I think he’s probably had about as much of the unethical crap that goes on in the SEC as he can stomach.

    As far as SEC being the best conference in CFB, take a look at the PAC 12. And half of those teams don’t even cheat! But then with the “bowl system” we have, we will never know who is the better……conference??? Talk about a joke…..The answer is…..the SEC

  29. be4bama says: Nov 1, 2013 11:16 PM

    LOL. They made some really good savues for that chapped a**, dbrienzo.

  30. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 3, 2013 5:31 PM

    waynefontes:

    Great point! The doc at Southernpatriots said for me to say hello if you posted. Hello! He is currently on his way to Appalachia with other doctors and dentists to provide free care for the rural working families there.

    be4bama: Is that what is used on donkeys?

  31. dbrienzo says: Nov 3, 2013 8:08 PM

    You know if you have fans from multiple SEC and Big 10 schools firing away in agreement at you, you must be either be doing something right (like Urban Meyer, who I don’t like but I’ll give the man his due) ….

    Or in this case from looking at this Arkansas season, something very wrong (guess some people call that karma).
    —————————————————-
    There are a lot of names for it, but I don’t think karma is one of them.

    So then, s-a-v-u-e-s, is something they have for donkeys, in SEC country? Nice education, Alligator! Auburn?

  32. dbrienzo says: Nov 3, 2013 8:28 PM

    My apologies, Alligator. I should have directed the spelling bee insult towards ‘bama. Consider it redirected. I’m still trying to figure out this babbling discourse.

  33. be4bama says: Nov 4, 2013 8:22 AM

    I hate it when I don’t proof read!!!!
    S U A V E

  34. dbrienzo says: Nov 4, 2013 12:54 PM

    I apologize for making this personal. Didn’t mean to.

    I do really have strong feelings about the effect cheating has on the integrity of the game, from my tiny perspective as a spectator. But when the media starts defending it, or people involved in it, I kinda go off. And Auburn and the SEC has a pretty consistent history of it.

    Again, my apology to all the posters, who I have come across as too opinionated and may have offended……not what I want to be.

  35. doctorlb says: Nov 5, 2013 6:24 PM

    ESPN’s take is the usual bonehead stuff. Why would someone expect the TV (that’s television) video to be the same as the Auburn Pressbox video?
    I suppose Bulimia never taped a game before??
    Anyway, he now has sufficient video of Auburn extra point attempts.

  36. waynefontes says: Nov 8, 2013 8:29 AM

    alligatorsnapper says:
    Nov 3, 2013 5:31 PM
    waynefontes:

    Great point! The doc at Southernpatriots said for me to say hello if you posted. Hello! He is currently on his way to Appalachia with other doctors and dentists to provide free care for the rural working families there.

    be4bama: Is that what is used on donkeys?

    —————————————————-

    Thank you. Please give Mr. Southernpatriots my regards. I always his posts and yours, I love sitting at the learning tree.

    I wish you and your families all the best.

  37. waynefontes says: Nov 8, 2013 8:30 AM

    always enjoy *

    I hate seeing a typo right when I hit the “send” button >_<

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