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Bad decisions at UA started a long time ago

By Wally Hall

This article was published December 3, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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In this Nov. 3, 2007, file photo, former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, left, and school Chancellor John White, right, lead the school's cheer on the field at Reynolds Razorback Stadium during halftime ceremonies in a NCAAA college football game against South Carolina in Fayetteville, Ark. Broyles was retiring at the end of that year, his 50th with the school. (AP Photo/Beth Hall, File)

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville athletic department will pay Bret Bielema more than $1 million for each of his 11 SEC wins.

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arkateacher54 says... December 3, 2017 at 5:25 a.m.

If this is all true - no offense to Wally, but I don't believe anything I read these days - then, well, this is all true. I don't care anymore if they do hire Gus, and Mary Joseph and Jesus for AD. Just make it end.

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Rupert says... December 3, 2017 at 7:13 a.m.

Your story begs the question, Are the decision makers now at the U of A any more savvy to make the best choices than in the previous 10 years?

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Jfish says... December 3, 2017 at 7:43 a.m.

I agree with arkateacher, this is not life or death, it is about a mediocre football program. Thanks for the history Wally, but I noticed you did not mention any of the wealthy boosters, surely they had some say in all of these decisions. For all the good that Broyles did, he probably stayed too long as AD and lost touch with the changing football environment. For example, he did not even give Jimmy Johnson an interview and then he allowed Nutt to force Malzahn out.

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rgh48 says... December 3, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.

What I can't understand is why no one including the BOT, Steinmetz or the interim AD seemed to know just how much Bielema and Long's buy out was. Did anyone look at the contract Long gave Bielema? Why did it take attorney's to negotiate a settlement.

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Dero says... December 3, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.

Wally, just where have you been for these past 15 or 20 years? You are supposed to be "the watch guard" for situations like this. Did you become too close with "the administration" you now condemn?

I remember when you were condemning Orville Henry for being too chummy with "the administration".

Of course there is plenty of blame to go around....even up to the BOT...but watch out for falling glass....in your house.

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ozena says... December 3, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.

It is hoped that whoever is hired can whup the dog crap out of Coastal Carolina and has never patted the backside of a woman, or boy.

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Delta2 says... December 3, 2017 at 9:21 a.m.

It was that idiotic, embarrassing Hog call that scared off Altman, not anything that was said at dinner with White.

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NoUserName says... December 3, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.

"Joe Steinmetz, from The Ohio State"
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If you're going to be a smart@ss, get it right. Then again, you'd have to be smart. It's The Ohio State University. Second, Broyles had to go. The guy was a fossil. Third, it's pretty clear now Long got screwed. Fourth, if they don't get Gus, who is clearly the top choice, then this search has been a complete clusterf**k.

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TexBack says... December 3, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

Delta2 is right about the hog call. The only thing that saves us from that is the silliness of cow bells, hotty totty toast, roll tide on kickoffs, a woofing bulldog in Athens, a dopey bloodhound and corn liquor in the Smokey’s, every cult member saying “howdy”, or spelling every word with “eaux”. Yep, at least we have all those morons giving us cover.

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Delta2 says... December 3, 2017 at 9:52 a.m.

Afraid not, Tex...those programs are respected, even in their down years. Arkansas is the joke of the SEC in football.

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