Arkansas Football: Bret Bielema Needs to Place Foot in Mouth on Hurry-Up Debate

Bielema Not Doing Himself Any Favors on Hurry-Up Debate

3/3/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Nov 2, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Auburn defeated Arkansas 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY SportsThe 2013 season did go so well for head coach Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

After starting 3-0, the team lost its last nine games to cap off a less than memorable first season at the helm in Fayetteville for Bielema.

And thanks to Bielema running his mouth a little more than he should, things haven't gotten much better early in the off-season.

Less than two weeks ago, in the midst of all the discussion about a new rule that could potentially slow down hurry-up offenses in college football, Bielema decided to make his opinion known by speaking in favor of the possible rule change.

Unfortunately, he did it in a way that was not the least bit ideal.

When someone decided to ask Bielema about the evidence to support his side, the Razorbacks coach said the following:

"Death certificates. There's no more anything I need than that."

The problem with this response was that it was referencing Ted Agu, a Cal football player that tragically passed away last month during training. Bielema then went on to claim that Agu had sickle cell trait, even though there is still no evidence to support that since a cause of death has yet to be revealed.

A coach using a recent player's death from another university to support his cause? Simply unacceptable. 

Bielema should, and does, know better than that. If that's all you have to back up your opinion, then it's probably best to keep your mouth shut.

He tried to backtrack and apologize, but he didn't exactly come across as a very apologetic person in doing so.

Situations like this can't happen when you're a college football coach at this level (or any level for that matter). If you don't have the facts to back up your claim, you have no reason to throw out something like Bielema did.

He essentially played doctor and tried to convince us that a student athlete's recent death (even though a cause of death has yet to be announced) is the reason why offenses must be slowed down.

You can't do that, Bret. You absolutely cannot do that.

Arkansas better hope that a decision is made one way or the other soon on this rule change. Because if not, who knows what he could say next.

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