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Malzahn Responds To Bielema's Game Tape Issue

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If the off-the-field drama between Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is anything like what we'll see on the field Saturday, then we should have an entertaining game in Fayetteville, Ark.

Bielema's main issue with the game film is that Auburn did not include the two-point conversion sets before moving back into an extra point formation.

"There are just a few clips that haven't, shall we say, the TV copy doesn't match the film copy," Bielema said Monday.  "It's something that we've been aware of for the last week and a half getting our preparation.  So we can use other film and stuff like that to get the full picture."

Malzahn did not know about the complaint until after Bielema's comments Monday.

"We will always operate with the utmost integrity in everything we do," Malzahn said Tuesday. "If there is ever anything that I don't know about that is brought to my attention, we will deal with it in a prompt manner. The SEC office is aware of all the details on both sides. That is all I am going to say regarding that."

Auburn has yet to attempt a two-point conversion out of the "swing gate" formation.  But Bielema sad that he was not aware of that formation until he watched the TV copy.

"So if I hadn't watched the TV copy or if our guys hadn't had the time to go back and review, we would have never have known that to happen. I'm sure it's a glitch," Bielema said Monday.  "I know Gus stands for everything that's right and great faith in doing things right. So I'm sure it's just a glitch that they'll get to the bottom of."

Malzahn spoke on his relationship with Bielema.

"As far as he is concerned, he is an excellent coach. Look at his track record. I've got a lot of respect for him," Malzahn said. "He's won everywhere he's been, and I know they are going to be prepared."

Auburn and Arkansas kickoff at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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