Arkansas' Bret Bielema Doesn't Need Wins To Make Headlines Anymore

By Brandon Cavanaugh
Bret Bielema issues poor apology
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There was a point in Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema‘s career when it seemed like he actually wanted to be something resembling a classy, winning football coach. Sure, his Wisconsin Badgers always lost in their Rose Bowl appearances, but surely he’d turn the corner, right?

After bolting for the supposed greener pastures of Fayetteville, AR and the SEC, it was time for a fresh start and to pile up some wins. His inaugural season’s 3-9 record (0-8 in conference) didn’t quite cut the mustard, so what’s a coach that hasn’t produced on the field to do?

Apparently, open their mouth and let forth commentary that could only be fueled by a long night while saddled up to a casino buffet.

First, Bielema proposes that offenses need to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball, thus effectively killing any no-huddle offenses. Never mind the fact that should a defender not get up following a play, there’ll be a stoppage. Surely he’s never used this to his advantage before at any time during his career, so how could he possibly know that?

Then, to support his argument, he disregards any and all shame in saying that to continue with such play may very well result in deaths. To put a face to his argument (because this idiocy needs some evidence, you see), he brings up the tragic loss of California Bears defensive lineman Ted Agu.

There’s a slight problem with that argument, coach. Agu’s autopsy was “conducted to determine exact cause of death but the results were initially inconclusive,” according to 23ABC News.

Bielema took to Twitter on Friday to issue something loosely resembling an apology:

Apparently, Bielema had no idea what he was saying, and that it might be one of the most idiotic things we’ve heard during the college football offseason so far. He issues condolences toward Agu’s family and Cal, which is a good start, but something’s missing.

“I regret my actions.” “It was simply a stupid thing to say.” “I’m sorry”. Any of these would’ve worked. For whatever reason, the Razorbacks’ head coach (or the intern that wrote this up for Twitter’s amusement) didn’t put enough thought into the empty apology to actually use one.

While Steve Spurrier is throwing verbal left and rights at Nick Saban for backing Bielema’s moronic proposal, the man who originally brought it to the table is suffering the most.

Don’t ask me for sympathy. He’s doing everything he can but literally beg for the heat. Don’t worry, Razorbacks, you’ll get front page attention. Bielema doesn’t even have to win to do that.

Brandon Cavanaugh is a Big 10 writer for Follow him on Twitter @eightlaces, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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