The Norman Transcript

July 17, 2013

Arkansas coach Bielema critical of hurry-up offenses

By David Brandt
The Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema brought some fire to Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday, saying his deliberate style of play is “normal American football” and that the new trend of hurry-up offenses makes players tired and can lead to more injuries.

The first-year coach, who was hired away from Wisconsin during the offseason, responded to first-year Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who earlier in the day said that he first thought criticisms of hurry-up offenses were “a joke.”

Bielema said that he wasn’t a comedian and passionately defended his position, saying college football has changed rules when improving safety. Arkansas and Auburn play on Nov. 2.

Bielema is trying to revive a program still reeling from the Bobby Petrino debacle in 2012. The Razorbacks had a 4-8 record last season.