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Bret Bielema cites player’s death to support defensive sub rule

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Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has finally had his chance to address the proposed rule that has sparked plenty of controversy since it was first reported. Odds are some of Bielema’s comments will not go over too well.

The NCAA’s Football Rules Committee is proposing a rule that would prevent an offense from snapping the football for ten seconds, to allow defensive substitutions. The initial stated intention for the rule was to focus on player safety, but many have been quick to suggest it is more about slowing down up-tempo offenses. Bielema was in the room when the rule proposal was discussed, although he was on hand as a representative of the American Football Coaches Association of America and not as a committee member. His being in the room though has been perceived to have some say on what was going on. On Thursday night Bielema was asked publicly to comment on the proposal.

Earlier this month Cal defensive end Ted Agu collapsed during a conditioning run and died at a local hospital. If Bielema is attempting to make a point about player safety in a game, referencing a tragedy off the playing field may not be the best way to go about addressing a concern. still, Bielema’s focus on player safety should not be overlooked. This is juts a poor way of doing it.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Bielema also said he could not care less about how people perceive him and his opinions.

There is no arguing that there are a number of risks to football players every time they take the field. Would slowing down the snap pace make that much of a difference? Maybe to some extent, but the concrete data has yet to be shared to suggest it would. It is easy for a coach to suggest that fewer plays will decrease the chances a player gets hurt. That is just simple number crunching. Fewer plays means fewer opportunities to get hurt.

But pointing out a player falling to his death in practice in February? That’s not the best way to make your case.

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23 Responses to “Bret Bielema cites player’s death to support defensive sub rule”
  1. lolnfl says: Feb 20, 2014 7:58 PM

    thats something saban would say

  2. auburntigers34 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:59 PM

    what a tacky comment. players have,unfortunately, been passing away in practice/conditioning runs long before the HUNH became the rage. Bielema is a complete and total douchebag.

  3. jtinnon2009 says: Feb 20, 2014 8:00 PM

    Just displayed massive ignorance, Saban would say no such thing.. Hate is a bad thing lolnfl.

  4. suprmous says: Feb 20, 2014 8:11 PM

    Once again Bielema shows how extensive his brain damage is.

  5. buffyprincess says: Feb 20, 2014 8:21 PM

    What a Douche. One year in the SEC and he’s already Saban’s Lapdog.

  6. wde2010 says: Feb 20, 2014 8:47 PM

    Bielema, you are such an arrogant ass. Get you defense is shape to play fast with the big boys or go back to Wisconsin. It’s obvious your not ready to coach in the SEC! Stop your whinning for goodness sake!! 😂

  7. jackrabbitz says: Feb 20, 2014 9:05 PM

    The blow hard is not wanted in Wisconsin.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 20, 2014 9:05 PM

    Beilema is such a douche!!!!! How terrible of him to use a kids death for political reasons….

    Ughh I f’n hate this guy!

  9. oldforester says: Feb 20, 2014 9:09 PM

    “Bielema also said he could not care less about how people perceive him and his opinions”:

    Bielema, just understand this:

    People don’t care what you think.

    In fact they don’t think about you at all

  10. hbegley6672 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:09 PM

    No wonder he agrees with Saban… Another miserable clown

  11. cyraider says: Feb 20, 2014 9:13 PM

    Bo Pelini’s IQ + Bret Bielema’s IQ = Forrest Gump’s IQ divided by 3

    ….and neither one of those morons could pull a girl like Jenny!

  12. snccoach says: Feb 20, 2014 9:24 PM

    Bielema is an idiot. You know why college football players die during winter/summer conditioning? It’s because of meathead football coaches (like Bielema) and strength coaches conducting outdated mat drills and shuttles runs and justifying it under the ruse of “mental toughness”. They use work to rest ratios that don’t even compare to a practice or football game tempo.

    To blame game tempo for fatalities is ignorant, negligent and an abuse of power given his platform to speak.

  13. eagles512 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:53 PM

    He seems like a total d’bag

  14. onbucky96 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:48 AM

    Whoa there Brett. Easy big fella, death certificates? I think you should maybe win a game, or two, in the SEC before opening up your trap. As we know, #karma can be a biiiiiitch.

  15. earpaniac says: Feb 21, 2014 9:11 AM

    Know that he’s on his own in ARK, you can tell how much Barry muzzled him in WI. He’s gone from occasional idiot to super doughs.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 21, 2014 10:24 AM

    What’s so ironic is that he complained when Auburn used a fake injury to slow down the pace of his offense…..

  17. mogogo1 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:10 PM

    How much lower can the guy go? Politicizing a death totally unrelated to the issue? Hopefully somebody at Arkansas has more class and will tell him to keep his mouth closed.

  18. osidebrownsfan says: Feb 21, 2014 3:58 PM

    Biggest whiner and most un-respected coach in the NCAA. I couldn’t wait to chime in but all I can now say after reading the previous posts is, All of the above.

  19. boscoesworld says: Feb 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    This isn’t about Brett Bielema winning football games!!!! Said no one EVER!!

  20. boscoesworld says: Feb 21, 2014 6:46 PM

    Bielema’s wife is pursuing a similar crusade.

  21. dkhhuey says: Feb 23, 2014 5:02 PM

    Hey Bert – please let us know how in the hell the new 10 second rule would have prevented Ted’s death – given the fact that this happened during preseason conditioning?

    GOD you are such a complete and utter douche bag. I can only hope your karma continues to bring you nothing but more humiliating losses…

  22. twinsfanfl says: Feb 23, 2014 5:35 PM

    He is not being an idiot. He is positioning himself for a spot on Saban’s coaching staff after he is fired.

  23. dkhhuey says: Feb 23, 2014 7:49 PM

    @bosco – dude – that was freakin hilarious!!!

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