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Bret Bielema wants to be able to brag about Arkansas statistics

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has spent time this week at the sEC spring meetings setting the record straight on a number of hot-button issues he has not handled all that well this offseason. He has stuck to his stance on player safety and apologized for some of his previous comments. Now Bielema just wants to be able to focus on the development and rebuilding of Arkansas football. With wins will come respect and a chance for his voice to mean more to those willing to listen.

“I haven’t won a game, so it’s hard to say you know what you’re talking about,” Bielema said in a story by CBSSports.com. “I’m tired of Wisconsin statistics. I’d like to have some Arkansas statistics to brag about.”

Bielema actually is a good coach, and in time he will have Arkansas playing better football. He inherited a mess of a program decimated by the turmoil left behind by Bobby Petrino’s shallow recruiting efforts and John L. Smith doing everything he could to try and keep the S.S. Razorback from sinking. This is far from the position Bielem walked into at Wisconsin when he replaced Barry Alvarez as head coach. Bielema led the Badgers to three straight Big Ten titles, including two victories in the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State and Nebraska, and he took Wisconsin to three straight Rose Bowls as a result, but lost all three to TCU, Oregon and Stanford. At Arkansas, Bielema knows he needs some time to put his plans into motion, but he remains focused on a bigger prize down the line.

“I made this move for a lot of different reasons — obviously assistant coaches salaries and all that jazz, but I just wanted to reboot the battery,” Bielema said. “I’d been at one place for 9 years. I thoroughly enjoyed it, loved every minute of it, I have great memories, great friends and great players. I just needed something to shake up my personal inventory a little bit to get where I needed to be.”

Bielema was also on record of suggesting one of the reasons he left Wisocnsin for Arkansas is because the SEC will be more likely than the Big Ten to field two teams in the College Football Playoff. Will either of those two teams ever be coached by Bielema?

If so, it will be a good day to be a Razorback.

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6 Responses to “Bret Bielema wants to be able to brag about Arkansas statistics”
  1. mydixienormus says: May 28, 2014 10:17 AM

    Another SEC powerhouse team!!!!

    The best conference in football has a high number of bottom dwellers and average teams…

    They also have lots of toothless fans.

  2. overratedgators says: May 28, 2014 10:42 AM

    “I haven’t won a game, so it’s hard to say you know what you’re talking about.”

    #karma

  3. auburntigers34 says: May 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    Bert’s a joke. He won’t last more than another couple of seasons at Arkansas, if that long. He’s out of his element in the SEC.

    Here’s an Arkansas stat for Bert: 0-8.

  4. noles44 says: May 28, 2014 4:09 PM

    Living here in Arkansas, I hear the same crap every year about how they’ll win the SEC, Piggy fans crack me up!

  5. irishdodger says: May 28, 2014 7:33 PM

    They were only good on offense when Petrino was there. Everytime they played a good defense (Bama & LSU), they got spanked by double digits.

  6. ducksk says: May 28, 2014 8:00 PM

    Brett is a meat head. Soooyeeeee

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