"Put all your agendas away and look the heath and safety of our players," that's how Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema entered the SEC. Taking shots at the spread offense, maybe complaining about it too. "I want to win games just as bad as coach (Gus) Malzahn. I want to win games just as much as anybody in this league, but I also want our players to be safe."
This started a back and forth disagreement between the two coaches at SEC Media Days.
Auburn-Arkansas game week is here, and the feud continues. Over the weekend, Bielema tweeted out a link to an article on spread offenses including the text "Spread Offense not fitting into NFL. Things to keep pushing as we move forward here at UA. #WPS"
Most took this as a jab towards Malzahn, but on Monday Bielema rebutted it "If we were playing us this week, I would have twitted it." "I can assure you that it has nothing to do with Auburn."
But that wasn't the big news from his Monday press conference. Bielema, while answering a question about the Tigers cleverly slipped in a brief mention about Auburn and their game film. Naturally the next question was "Excuse my ignorance, but what film thing?"
"The SEC will handle it," Bielema said. "There are just some clips that haven't, so to say; the TV copy doesn't match the film copy."
Editing game film before sending it to an opponent is not allowed. Gus Malzahn took the high road after not finding out about the film issue until Bielema's press conference. "We will always operate with the utmost integrity, in everything we do," Malzahn said. "We'll deal with it in a prompt manner, the SEC office is aware of all the details on both sides."
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Has Bielema been a whiny-baby towards Gus Malzahn, and his style of offense? Or is it all a calculated plan to keep the attention off of his team?
Sports Psychologist Bhrett McCabe thinks it's the latter.
"Let's be real, I don't think Arkansas is that good of a football team," McCabe said. "I think a coach in this kind of position has to make a decision. What are you going to do to take away the stress and the attention away from your team?" "Get the media talking about you the head coach, get it away from the kids, get it away from the players, and that's what he's doing, and I think it's a smart strategy."
What do you think about Bielema? You can let me know on Twitter: @Patrickp13
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