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Bret Bielema takes stance against players using marijuana

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Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has made no secret about his openness to adding transfer players if it means helping his team’s chances to win. Looking back on his time at Wisconsin it was Bielema who added transfer quarterbacks not once, but twice in hopes of giving the Badgers a shot at winning a Big Ten title. One time it worked beautifully with N.C. State transfer Russell Wilson. The other time it did not quite play out as perhaps expected, with Danny O’Brien of Maryland. Bielema likes to go after players with good character, and that stance may not be something that changes anytime at Arkansas.

“Everybody adds players to the program,” Bielema said in a recent radio interview on SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly, as transcribed by 247 Sports. “Especially at Arkansas, when we go after a transfer, we’re going after the highest quality of people. I’m not trying to get a rebound off any law enforcement or drug issues or anything else. We look for high quality.”

The timing of Bielema’s recent comments is worth noting as well. Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, dismissed by the university this offseason, was officially added to Oklahoma’s roster as a transfer player on Thursday, the same day Bielema appeared on the radio program. DGB’s problems were drug related according to previous reports, and that is something Bielema takes seriously at Arkansas. At a time when the debate on whether or not marijuana should be legalized continues to evolve, Bielema is standing pat on his stance, as he generally does,

“I’ll be honest, just a couple weeks ago, there was a Baylor wide receiver that got into a little trouble [Bielema is referring to Robbie Rhodes, who is no longer with the Baylor program]. The thing he had gone through, we could be his greatest asset, with a strict no use of marijuana, no use of drugs. That’s something I really enforced when I got here, something I firmly believe in.”

“Across the nation, there’s a whole new process about legalizing marijuana,” Bielema said. “If I allow it to happen here, I’m allowing bad behavior to continue that will cost them their career. We’re pretty adherent to that policy.”

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15 Responses to “Bret Bielema takes stance against players using marijuana”
  1. onbucky96 says: Jul 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    Way to take a stand, Bret is against Pot. I’m against his wife tweeting #Karma.

  2. imaduffer says: Jul 6, 2014 12:03 PM

    I’ll drink to that.

  3. peopletrains says: Jul 6, 2014 12:28 PM

    “Uh duh der duh marijuana duh der duh duh bad.” – Bret Bielema

  4. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 6, 2014 1:00 PM

    While I agree with him, I still think he is a giant loser.

  5. swampcannons says: Jul 6, 2014 2:05 PM

    You gotta love the blatant hypocrisy involving the stance against marijuana. Because there’s never bad behavior associated with drinking your face off, right?! Players would be more likely to stay home and out of trouble enjoying a harmless plant than the alternative of speeding, DUIs and great bodily injury/death to themselves and others. I almost forgot the timeless tradition of bar room brawls which seem to get at least one student locked up per weekend. The alcohol industry’s money is no longer useful in purporting the huge myth that marijuana is the devil and is horrible for you, and a few slow, stubborn buffoons who refuse to believe otherwise and buy into this crap will be obsolete soon enough. That being said, I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.

  6. cfballfan1 says: Jul 6, 2014 2:27 PM

    Uh – how many bars did Bielema’s house in Madison have again? It was a highlighted feature in the sales brochure as I recall.

  7. musketmaniac says: Jul 6, 2014 4:25 PM

    You can have my bong when you pry from my cold dead fingers.

  8. dontaco says: Jul 6, 2014 6:10 PM

    Between this and his stance on the no huddle offense this guy is becoming an L7 square

  9. auburntigers34 says: Jul 6, 2014 8:24 PM

    It seems like every time he opens his mouth, something stupid and douchey comes out.

  10. wilburmills says: Jul 6, 2014 8:26 PM

    Get over it Wisconsin–Big Ten fans…

  11. malcolmkyle says: Jul 7, 2014 6:31 AM


    “Everybody thinks that if you did this random testing you’d catch so many guys on PEDs. No, you’d catch more of the guys on marijuana. So [we’ve got] 475 guys under contract and 400 of them would be out with marijuana [suspensions].”
    —Dana White, president of the UFC.

    “At least a good 50 [US] Olympic athletes use marijuana regularly before they stop in time for testing.”
    —Stephany Lee

    “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason”
    —Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?”
    —Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,”
    —WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Even many of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

  12. seminolez says: Jul 7, 2014 10:04 AM

    drugs are bad mkay

  13. sparty0n says: Jul 7, 2014 1:26 PM

    Is it really that big of a deal that you cannot give it up for 4 years to earn an education?

    What a world we live in!

  14. musketmaniac says: Jul 7, 2014 5:07 PM

    sugar and caffeine are worse than weed. Coca-Cola and Pepsi cola reek more havoc in a year than marijuana has in its history.

  15. ducksk says: Jul 8, 2014 2:03 AM

    Brett enima partied like a rock star in madtown. But, it was jus alcohol, just saying. Soooo heeeeee

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