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Bielema Press Conference Recap: Alex Collins Temporarily Removed From Team, Robb Smith Introduced

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What was expected to be a routine introduction of a new defensive coordinator had a few interesting tidbits.

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The most talked-about piece of information is that Alex Collins has been "removed from the team" for a week. I guess this is sort of like a suspension but not really, since Bielema obviously didn't want to use that word.

It appears he won't be doing normal team stuff, but will apparently be spending time with strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert, which sounds like a peach of a time.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema said players removed for the week don&#39;t take part in any football related activities. No lifting. Does spend time with Ben Herbert.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/432907201426907136">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Or maybe he just said something he shouldn't have on Twitter. Collins is pretty active on it, but his tweets are typically pretty mild. As we all know, however, only takes one split-second mistake to put something out there you probably shouldn't. We've all been there.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema: Alex (Collins) has been removed for a week. We have a zero tolerance policy. You will probably see him on twitter less.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/432906797288939520">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This isn't the first time Collins has had some sort of run-in with team discipline. He was held out of the first quarter of the Mississippi State game last fall for reportedly being late to a weight lifting session.

But the main purpose of the press conference was to introduce Robb Smith.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bret Bielema is introducing new defensive coordinator Robb Smith this morning. <a href="http://t.co/4UWTlFJNIn">pic.twitter.com/4UWTlFJNIn</a></p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/432900406092767232">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Smith will be DC and work with entire secondary. Bielema said Taver Johnson will still work with secondary/nickel position.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/432904336306237440">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema describing meeting in Miami with Smith/Shannon. Sat down to talk and Bobby Petrino went walking by. So much for keeping it low key</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/statuses/432900910700707842">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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I'll let you all make your own jokes about the image of Petrino strutting around Miami, probably giving people looks. That's such a rich image.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema on 4th DC in 4 years: I think an issue was making sure we are all speaking same language. Simplicity is key.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/432902073412112384">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Smith on how to improve defense: we want to swarm to ball. We will be simple. It&#39;s an attitude.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/432901521039044608">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Sometimes I think the only two words any defensive coordinator knows are "simplicity" and either "aggression" or "attack". "Swarm" is also acceptable if you're artsy.

My favorite of all time was when Willie Robinson said the idea for Arkansas' defense was "see ball, get ball". Apparently that was too complex and we're still working on breaking it down. Need lowest common denominator stuff.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema said he interviewed four coaches besides Smith who he considered &quot;legitimate candidates&quot; for the DC position.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/432905197124218880">February 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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