The Norman Transcript

Sports

July 18, 2013

Bielema critical of hurry-up offenses

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 countered that he wasn’t a comedian and passionately defended his position, saying college football has changed rules when trying to improve safety.

“All I know is this: there are times when an offensive player and a defensive player are on the field for an extended amount of time without a break,” Bielema said. “You cannot tell me that a player after play five is the same player that he is after play 15.”

When an offense is running a hurry-up, no-huddle, it makes it much more difficult for the defense to substitute. It’s a tactic that is successfully used by several of the league’s newer coaches, including Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Mississippi’s Hugh Freeze and Malzahn.

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 and likely won’t be expected to do much this season, either.

“I do excel in situations where people think very, very little of us,” Bielema said. “For those of you that want to, vote us lower. I mean that with all my heart. Then just sit back and watch.”

Bielema’s passionate personality has already won over his players, including center Travis Swanson, who is on the Rimington Trophy watch list. The Razorbacks return four starters on offense and eight on defense.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Big 12 Media Days Football Big 12 could fill NCAA’s vacuum; make the discipline calls, too

    It doesn’t look good for Joe Mixon.  Though his attorney, Kevin Finlay, said the most ballyhooed prospect of the Sooners’ most recent recruiting class “instinctually defended himself against further harm,” it just doesn’t ...

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Bradford facing another year of scrutiny in newest season

    ST. LOUIS — It’s become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford. Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he’s ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Judge rules against owner Donald Sterling, but lengthy saga far from over

    LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer....

    July 29, 2014

  • T-Wolves land guard Mo Williams

    MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out....

    July 29, 2014

  • LSU freshmen face misdemeanors

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Two LSU freshmen football players face charges, one for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside Middleton Library and the other for allegedly tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment....

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald says players’ push for union brought Northwestern together

    CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize....

    July 29, 2014

  • Delany rides fence with PSU

    CHICAGO — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany took a non-committal stance on an effort by five Pennsylvania Congressmen to rescind sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal....

    July 29, 2014

  • Murray St. aims to be OVC contenders

    Fifth-year Murray State coach Chris Hatcher has returned the program to OVC relevance thanks to his exciting “Hatch Attack” offense. The Racers will need more results if they hope to be serious contenders....

    July 29, 2014

  • Healthy Claiborne ready to show his worth to Cowboys

    OXNARD, Calif. — Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams’ nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys....

    July 29, 2014

Facebook