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I understand that this sort of stuff can go both ways and it sucks for both sides when this happens. What really bothers me is how much of a hypocrite Bielema is. He calls Urban Meyer out for taking one of his commitments and ran his mouth about how SEC recruiting tactics should not be tolerated. Then he goes and pulls this mess. I think he is a good hire by Arkansas in an effort to stay competitive in the SEC but I don't think I like him as a person very much.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
Kids can call coaches anytime all year.....There are no limitations on how often and how many times a kid can call coaches and it doesn't matter what year they are in.
The kicker is coaches can't return their calls unless it is the time of year they can call kids and it counts as a call on their log.
BTW.....Spoke to a source down in Florida on this and Beliema is going to have a difficult time getting back in that area. Coaches are pissed at the way he handled this. One week he practically begs Cogswell to stick to his commitment then the next he dumps him.
So, let me make sure I'm getting this right, the coach at Arkansas (not exactly fertile recruiting territory) is working on burning bridges in Louisiana and Florida (two of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country)? Sounds like an intelligent guy.
"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." - Former LSU Coach and AD Paul Dietzel
That is what surprised me. You know Kaleb & his family let out a sigh of relief after the first call.& were just floored after the second one. Why make the first one it there is any possibility of the second one?
So Arkansas hired an ass for a coach. Sounds like par for the course.
That's why we wander and follow La Vie Dansante...
Kaleb did not get any notification until 2 weeks after Bilema hired on. He contacted DS coach and said they were looking at other recruits that they were familiar with
I feel badly for both Blanchard and Cogswell; I hope both these young men end up at good schools. I little class and tact is always needed when a new coach decides to cancel an offer to a recruit. Unfortunately, recruits play the same games when they don't show up to campus or change their commitment on NSD, leaving their original school high and dry.
>>>>>Bielema making South Florida Arkansas' ?
Arkansas poised to become powerhouse in South Florida recruiting
Bret Bielema has hired three of the nation's best South Florida recruiters
When Bret Bielema took over as the head coach at Arkansas, he announced that he had a plan to get the Razorbacks to the top of the SEC and the BCS.
Apparently, that plan included building a recruiting pipeline between South Florida and Fayetteville.
Step one of Bielema's plan has gone swimmingly, as he has assembled a coaching staff built to dominate recruiting in the nation's most fertile recruiting ground.
"One of the neat things I've been able to do in my time as an assistant coach, coordinator and head coach is recruit the state of Florida," Bielema said at his introductory press conference at Arkansas. "Especially in South Florida."
"In the state of Florida you'll have kids that will leave, and especially when you get below Orlando, those kids will go anywhere," he continued. "I've signed over 50 kids from the state of Florida in my coaching career. ... Some of those guys have been my best players. ... It's not uncommon ground, it's something I'm very excited about moving forward on."
Bielema isn't the only coach with the game plan, nor will he be the last. From Akron to UMass, coaches have attempted to create out-of-state pipelines to schools from South Florida, only to see the effort not pay off with signees. At Bielema's last stop, Wisconsin, there was success, but the results came with arduous effort.
Those same results won't work at Arkansas because the stakes are too high in the SEC.
Bielema needs to win, and he needs to win soon, as he's taking over one of the nation's most disappointing teams. The Razorbacks were supposed to be darkhorse contenders for the national championship; their spread offense was supposed to neutralize Alabama's and LSU's potent defenses. Instead, they lost to Louisiana-Monroe early in the season and never recovered.
Interim coach John L. Smith, as wacky and lovable as he might have been, hardly had the goods to keep the job, and AD Jeff Long made a splash, hiring Bielema out from under Wisconsin's nose.
It was a power move, another testament to SEC dominance in the food chain that is college football.
Bielema sold Long on his South Florida plan, and Long opened up the checkbook to make it work.
Arkansas has assembled a super staff that share one major thread — South Florida connections.
Bielema brought his defensive coordinator, Charlie Partridge, to Arkanasas, keeping one of the nation's best South Florida recruiters in tow.
Bielema probably could have stopped after hiring Miami receivers coach George McDonald. That likely would have been enough to establish a South Florida pipeline. But Bielema wasn't done.
Welcome to Arkansas, Randy Shannon, now get on down to Miami.
The former Miami head coach was at TCU, where he was on the staff to recruit from The U's backyard. In his short time in Fort Worth, he made a bit of a splash, drawing interest from some of the area's best undervalued players, but they never came to fruition.
The allure of a spread offense in the SEC makes Arkansas an attractive destination, and with the triumvirate of Shannon, Partridge and McDonald canvasing from Jupiter to Hialeah, many of the region's best players will be interested. Even more importantly, with recruiters like that, they'll likely be signing, too.
The only question remains how long it will take for Arkansas to paint the region red. Indications are that it might start this signing day. Arkansas is making a big push for South Plantation running back Alex Collins, South Florida's best player, who was visited by Partridge this past weekend. He's expected to make an official visit at the end of the month.
>>>>>I thought West Virginia had a chance to cut into the South Florida guys and they have a little but you can get away with murder in WV as long as you don't burn your couch on game day.
I just don't see it at Arkansas. The university can't cover up trouble their highly paid coach and his son got into. They had several players arrested during Petrino's tenure too. Now they're going to bring Broward and Dade county kids into an area known for great pot and keep them all eligible to play?
When Bret Bielema took over as the head coach at Arkansas , he announced that he had a plan to get the Razorbacks to the top of the SEC and the BCS.
Petrino has had weak classes the last few years and this years class is 62nd right now. QB and best WR are gone, defense is weak and they lack talent. That article mentioned a spread offense, but fact is BBs offensive plan has always been similar to Miles. I don't think he has the horses to pound heads with the big boys. He needs to get to Little Rock, Dallas, and Memphis!
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