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Written by Andrew Spivey, July 21, 2013, 0 Comments,
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HOOVER, Ala.– New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s SEC media days notebook.

    • Bielema started by acknowledging that these media days are unlike any other he’s ever experienced.
    • Bielema said the players he brought with him have made things very easy.
    • Bielema said this year’s GPA is the highest it’s been in years.
    • Bielema has good faith in strength and conditioning coach Jeff Long, Long and his director of operations have been “home runs” as hires for the Razorbacks.
    • Bielema thinks his players did research on him before he arrived at Arkansas
    • Bielema says the strength of his team is in the offensive and defensive lines. He’s looking to build from the center out on both lines of scrimmage.
    • Bielema thinks his center, Travis Swanson, is the best in college football.
    • Bielema stresses physicality, says during their first spring practice they did a drill his players probably thought would never end. It reinforces the physical style he wants to play with.
    • Bielema will rely on the prestige of the conference until he can win a title on his own merits.
    • Bielema says there are players that have unique abilities in the SEC compared to other conferences.
    • Bielema thinks the hurry up offense is a detriment to player health.
    • Bielema would not turn in his former school Wisconsin for a secondary recruiting violation like Urban Meyer did.
    • Bielema loves the increased exposure that the SEC offers thanks to its media agreement.
    • Bielema says his recruiting plan starts with Arkansas then branches out all across the country.

 

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HOOVER, Ala.– New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s SEC media days notebook.

    • Bielema started by acknowledging that these media days are unlike any other he’s ever experienced.
    • Bielema said the players he brought with him have made things very easy.
    • Bielema said this year’s GPA is the highest it’s been in years.
    • Bielema has good faith in strength and conditioning coach Jeff Long, Long and his director of operations have been “home runs” as hires for the Razorbacks.
    • Bielema thinks his players did research on him before he arrived at Arkansas
    • Bielema says the strength of his team is in the offensive and defensive lines. He’s looking to build from the center out on both lines of scrimmage.
    • Bielema thinks his center, Travis Swanson, is the best in college football.
    • Bielema stresses physicality, says during their first spring practice they did a drill his players probably thought would never end. It reinforces the physical style he wants to play with.
    • Bielema will rely on the prestige of the conference until he can win a title on his own merits.
    • Bielema says there are players that have unique abilities in the SEC compared to other conferences.
    • Bielema thinks the hurry up offense is a detriment to player health.
    • Bielema would not turn in his former school Wisconsin for a secondary recruiting violation like Urban Meyer did.
    • Bielema loves the increased exposure that the SEC offers thanks to its media agreement.
    • Bielema says his recruiting plan starts with Arkansas then branches out all across the country.

 

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