Bret Bielema was pretty animated in his meeting with us today; said he was "abrasive" with coaches today trying to get things figured out.— Matt Jones (@NWAMatt) October 24, 2013
Bielema: "There's a fog around Arkansas that I've been trying to fight off. But if you flinch, you're going to have failure."— Logan Wilson (@NWALogan) October 24, 2013
Bielema says if seniors and juniors, through 8 games, haven't progressed the way they want, younger players could get a chance.— Logan Wilson (@NWALogan) October 24, 2013
More Bielema: There comes a point where Groundhog Day isn't entertaining anymore.— Matt Jones (@NWAMatt) October 24, 2013
More Bielema: I'm made up of what I'm made up of. I know it'll win. I know it'll have success.— Matt Jones (@NWAMatt) October 24, 2013
The coaches are pretty clearly having an issue with upper-classmen who haven't been able to shake off the negative experiences from last year and are allowing them to creep over into this year. A five game losing streak wil lcertinly bring out negativity.
Not that we didn't all pretty much know that was going on, but now that the coaches have all but been blunt about it, we know it's happening.
Coach Bielema: Will Hines is back at practice and doing some limited things; still in air cast, looks good to play the last two weeks.— Hawgs Illustrated (@HImagazine) October 24, 2013
Good news. Would love to see him back in the last two games.
Coach Bielema: Korliss Marshall now back at safety. Redshirting freshmen DeAndre Coley has shown promise and Brooks Ellis has had best week.— Hawgs Illustrated (@HImagazine) October 24, 2013
Approved. Lord, do we need safeties.
Things Bielema wants in recruits: 1)Kids who love FB; 2)something that shows me they love to win; 3) believe in core values he holds— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) October 24, 2013
I would also like to add "talent" but hopefully that's a given.
FAYETTEVILLE - University of Arkansas football head coach Bret Bielema held a press conference with the media Thursday during the team's first bye week and discussed the outlook on the end of the week.
"Yesterday was a really good practice," Coach Bielema said. "We had a lot of good on good, but then also had a jump on Auburn. We got some great developmental work at the end. Today will be much of the same. We’ll hit the road recruiting this afternoon and this evening and Friday. Then, we’ll get a good jump on Auburn again on Sunday and get ready for a big week."
Coach Bielema described the recruiting that he has been involved in during the bye week.
"This week’s been fun for me as far as just being able to lock into a little bit of recruiting, counting on some of that stuff, getting heavily involved in that," Coach Bielema said. "We’ve been blessed with some great donors that have given us air travel to make that happen. On the flip side of it, everywhere we’ve been, it’s just been extremely positive with the coaches. We can’t talk to players yet, but the reception that we’ve gotten from coaches from coast to coast has been exceptional."
Coach Bielema also spoke about facing Auburn on Nov. 2.
"Auburn is next week, obviously a big game for us," Coach Bielema said. "There’s a lot that goes into it. They’re a team that’s ranked, a team that’s done some good things. Obviously an opportunity to be here at home on what should be close to a sell-out crowd, an evening game that everyone should be jacked up for. It will be a tremendous environment. It will be a big weekend in recruiting for us, as well."