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Reflective Bret Bielema insists no 'regrets'

By Tom Murphy

This article was published November 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema’s job may be in jeopardy, but he said in his weekly news conference Monday he has no remorse or regrets about his five-year tenure with the Razorbacks.

Bret Bielema Monday press conference

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Dan Enos Monday press conference

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Paul Rhoads Monday press conference


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Bret Bielema reflected for a moment Monday when asked whether he's given any thought to the idea Friday could be his last at Arkansas.

Bret Bielema Monday press conference

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Dan Enos Monday press conference

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Paul Rhoads Monday press conference


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drmike_arkansas.net says... November 21, 2017 at 7:06 a.m.

UA did the absolute right thing in getting rid of Long. Please don't get caught up in the hype. Keep our coach. He is a great leader of young men. If key injuries had not happened in the past two or three years things would be totally different.
Don't give up on someone who is shaping the lives of our student athletes.

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drs01 says... November 21, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.

Unfortunately Bret Bielema is coaching in the wrong generation. Today. it's all about winning at any price (and cheating to do so), kissing the ass of big donors, building bigger stadiums, and paying way too much money for a coach and staff. It's not about the student athlete, it's just about the athlete. Student is not that important. If you're 9-2 no one cares about your graduation rate.

College administrators are put in the position of running a multi-million dollar business; and many of them are not qualified to do so. That's why they TEACH because they can't make it in the real world. This pretty well describes Arkansas Football.

Joe Steinmetz didn't understand his job until the Board explain it to him. And that is part of the problem.

Hog fans had better understand that a new AD and coaching staff won't fix the problem. Arkansas is in the SEC completing for talent with no real recruiting ground they can call theirs. We are lucky to get a few 4-5 star recruits. So, innovative coaching strategies is our only hope. BB is plain vanilla, and we need something more exotic.

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DEE672 says... November 21, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.

I have no sympathy for this coach. He has been paid over 20 Million dollars plus extras to produce a winning team. Others have done it in AR so stop blaming it on how hard the job is. He said he didn't know when he took the job how hard it was to win in the SEC. well, HELLO. I knew from the moment he was hired he was the wrong pick for this part of the country. His team this year won 4 games, 3 of which were patsies we paid big money to come and get beaten. One conference win after 5 seasons. Slow learner? Poor recruiter? Clueless tactician? Maybe all of the above. Stop the sniveling.

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KingCoyote says... November 21, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.

I would not have any regrets either if I am laughing all the way to the bank with $3-4 mill per year for 5 years and a $5 mill buyout to be a loser. Boy did we get ripped with this one.

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user92115 says... November 21, 2017 at 2:46 p.m.

Dee672 & King coyote & drs01--you all make me sick. You couldn't coach a down of football if someone held a gun to your head. Bret Bielema is a good and decent man that the players love. Coaches earn every penny they are paid for the pressure that is put on them and their families. You act like the man is not even human. How would you like to be talked about the way you are talking about him? I bet none of you have even paid to go to a Razorback game in years--I have been a season ticket holder for 30 years...so shut your filthy mouths....if you can't say something good, don't say anything at all. Coach B. has more class in his little finger than you have in your whole body.

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tppt2aolcom says... November 21, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.

There is not much to say that hasn't been said. BUT, given the track record and behavior of Bielema's three predecessors, I'd rather give Bielema another chance than to take a chance on some first year wonder who took a mostly senior team from 2-10 to 8-3. Bielema has treated his players well, and is certainly no self promoter like Nutt or Petrino. We're not going to find anyone close to Bielme's quality.

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TravisBickle says... November 21, 2017 at 3:56 p.m.

Honestly it's not Bulimia's fault (well maybe part of it is). Arkansas is just not a fertile enough recruiting ground of a state to consistently bring in top tier players to compete with the big dawgs of the SEC. Think about this, the hapless Hogs have had only five 5 star recruits since 2000. Sure, they'll get the occasional McFadden and Agim, but those caliber of players are too few and far between to be successful on a year in and year out basis.

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Greenboat8 says... November 22, 2017 at 12:26 a.m.

Coaching is to blame, poor tackling, lack of speed. But so is lack of talent. Kudos to AA for taking a beating game after game. But, if he had a good O-Line, he wouldn't be eating grass every other play. A new coach will have a tough time winning with the players the Hogs have
and with JC transfers. Face it, UAF will always be in the bottom or at best, middle of the pack. How many SEC championships have they won in a quarter century?

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FIREARK says... November 22, 2017 at 8:26 a.m.

How did H. Nutt do it Greenboat? I’ll tell ya, Motivation not coaching. Maybe we can get Tony Robbins.

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TravisBickle says... November 22, 2017 at 12:07 p.m.

@fireark, Nutt had the best backfield in the country and still f'd it up!! He's not a motivator he's a used car salesman.

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