Josh Kendall

October 29, 2013

Kendall's Morning Meeting: Arkansas coach still showing some spunk

Arkansas has been outscored 104-0 since its opening touchdown against South Carolina, but Bret Bielema still is doing a good Steve Spurrier impersonation in the SEC West.

Josh Kendall

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    Let’s take a moment this morning to express some appreciation for Bret Bielema.

    I know, it’s off topic, but how can you not love this guy? Bielema was not afraid to stir the pot at Wisconsin when he didn’t like Urban Meyer’s recruiting tactics, and he’s not afraid to keep gigging guys now that he’s in the SEC.

    Since Arkansas’ tailback Alex Collins scored to cap the Razorbacks’ first drive of the South Carolina game three weeks ago, Arkansas has been outscored 104-0 (52-0 from that point by South Carolina and 52-0 the next week by Alabama). And, still, Bielema comes out swinging on Monday with Auburn up next.

    During his weekly news conference, Bielema brought up a discrepancy in the game film he received from Auburn and what he had seen of the Tigers on television.

    "There are just some clips that haven't -- shall we say, the TV copy doesn't match the film copy," Bielema said. "And it's something we have kind of been aware of now for the last week and half in getting our preparation. So we can use other film and stuff like that to make sure we are getting the full picture."

    Turns out, Bielema might have violated an SEC rule in bringing up the subject, and it wasn’t even the first time this week he has made a headline.

    On Sunday, Bielema put out a Tweet criticizing spread offenses like the one the Tigers play. He later denied it was aimed at the Tigers, but still, in a league where Steve Spurrier seemed like the only personality left, it’s nice to have Bielema stirring the pot some.

    Around the SEC:

    Two weeks after leading an upset over South Carolina, Tennessee quarterback and Rock Hill native Justin Worley may be out of a job. Watch out for freshman Joshua Dobbs this week and in the years to come in Knoxville.

    Todd Gurley is officially back at Georgia, and wide receiver Michael Bennett could return for this week’s game against Florida. To review: South Carolina wants/needs the Gators to win that game.

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