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This sentence is pretty much what you expected from Brett Bielema....
“I want to play a physical style of football and it starts (Saturday scrimmage),” Bielema said.
I think his players probably know a little bit more about big boy football than he does. Arkansas will be an 8-9 win team yearly with a few dips and an occasional rise.
I don't think he realizes that 6-7 teams in the SEC have bigger, faster, and more physical horses than he does, but he will find out next year.
This guy will move on or be fired in less than 4 years ....
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Didn't Miles recommend this guy?
Not sure how Razorback recruiting is going; Bielema will quickly learn this isn't the old Big 10.
He said he really wants to hit Texas and Florida hard. So far, they've got 3 pledges with two from Arkansas and one from Missouri.
Not sure how you play football without being physical...
What strikes me a little odd with Biliema is how he comes in with such an attitude and feeling of empowerment?
Yeah, Kiffin did the same. How'd that work out for him?
Now, I'm not saying Biliema is Kiffin, just that you should have some SEC skins on the wall before you committ "athletes mouth" is all.
"It's my hometown, and that's big for me," Henry said. "It's about playing for the home team in front of family
I didn't know Miles made a recommendation to his friend the AD at Arkansas? I though the extent of his involvement was to leverage another raise for himself (again).
Yea, maybe he did. What I do remember is Miles commenting on advising his old colleague and he may have talked about possible Arkansas HC candidates.
There was, if I remember, a headline or blurb or two that Miles was talking about an offer there. Who on the planet could believe Miles would move to the Hogs - given his situation at LSU. Maybe Alleva did?
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Mizzou players and coaches did the same thing. A&Ms players and coaches were a little more respectful. You would think that putting a target on your back in the SEC would be something to avoid, but apparently Bielema doesn't agree.
"I think his players probably know a little bit more about big boy football than he does"
Did you ever watch Wisconsin play? They play an extremely physical style. The biggest difference is speed.
He was an ass at Wisconsin too.
Doesn't seem to be much of a recruiter, which will probably lead to an early exit from Arkansas. I didn't think Petrino was a terrific recruiter either, but his offensive system and coaching were so good he got them to play above their talent level.
I do think Bielema's hiring of Chaney as OC (previously at Tennessee) was a great move. I have a lot of respect for Chaney as an OC. And Bielema will bring some toughness and a physical approach to the game there.
But the trademark of Bielema's teams at Wisconsin was running up the score on over matched Big Ten teams, while being unable to beat teams with similar talent levels very often. I don't think he'll have that sort of advantage in very many SEC games, and I don't see his recruiting changing that equation in years to come.
I wouldn't knock this guy until we see what he puts out. He's a very good coach and I respect his ability to coach. Do I think he's going to over power the SEC, ...uh no. But Arkansas will be better, more solid, from top to bottom with him as coach.
No, biggest difference is that the SEC has 7-9 teams in the top 15-20 of recruiting EVERY year. That is NOT the case in the Big 10. He will struggle to line up and run down Bama, LSU, Georgia, Florida and others throats. Heck, the way Freeze and Sumlin are recruiting, he will be 5th in the west in talent at best unless he picks up recruiting fast.
Petrino is 10 times the coach of Bielema. If he starts getting top 25 classes, maybe your arguement will stack up!
Biggest difference in SEC and Big 10, is the second team players that rotate in to keep guys fresh. That is recruiting. Big boy football means fresh guys run in and hit you EVERY play. D players aren't exhausted from power football in the fourth quarter because of depth unless offense is ultra talented. Just my opinion
Before Meyer showed up in Columbus, Bielema was easily the best coach in the Big Ten for some time and it got to his head. He's gonna regret leaving his cushy job in Madison.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
Based on the data Sonny linked, Bielema is unlikely to finish with a top 2014 20-25 recruiting class.
I think the plug has been pulled on Arkansas recruitng pool. Neighbor Ole Miss is revitalized; A&M is getting kids who want to play in the SEC, and Mizzou will get better. Bielema is going to have to work Florida and Georgia recruitng trails to survive.
I do think his "posturing" was a kind of cheerleading for the Pig fanbase who have been in a state of depression since Petrino turned his bike and honey over.
I agree with the above statement. Well said 76! But, he'd better be careful about waking "sleeping giants."
I will say ONE good thing about the man. Like the FGCU coach, he's got a HOT wife; that's gotta count for sumthing!!!
Yeah, Saban recommended we hire Houston Nutt too. The good ole boy network of college coaches is the worst way to find a coach. Better to throw a dart at a list of coaches' names.
Now that Bielema has picked a fight with the entire SEC generally & personally spit in Saban's face, he had better be a GREAT coach. Otherwise they are going to need a field hospital set up behind their bench.
No lie. His ref to MSu when Saban was there made me LOL. I hope he flops. Love laughing at asses who run their mouths.
I'm not doubting his ability as a coach as I think he is a good coach. I do question whether or not he can recruit at the level the SEC recruits at because he's never really done so at Wisconsin.
Good coach; Recruiting is a Question; Way he handled commits at Arkansas and running of the mouth is huge negative in my book
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