October 21, 2014

Bielema introduced as the new coach at Arkansas (AUDIO)

Former Wisconsin Badger head coach Bret Bielema was officially introduced today as the new coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Bret Bielema introduced as new coach at Arkansas

 

AUDIO: A.D. Jeff Long made the official announcement

Unlike when he took over in Madison 7-years ago, Bret Bielema takes over a program that is coming off a losing season (4-8).  He’ll have to rebuild a program that competes in the best college football conference in the country (SEC). 

Bielema posted a 68-24 record at Wisconsin, which means he’s hardly had to play much as an underdog.  But that’s where the Razorbacks are as he takes over.

AUDIO: Bret Bielema said they’re the underdogs for now :24

The first order of business for Bielema is to meet with the current coaching staff at Arkansas.  He said there’ll be no coaching moves made until he meets with the current staff.  That process will start at 9am Thursday morning. 

When filling out his staff, one would assume that experience in the SEC would be a must.  But Bielema indicated that wasn’t necessarily a must.

AUDIO: Bret Bielema said SEC experience for assistants isn’t a must :16

Bielema told the crowd of Razorback staff and supporters that they’re not going to go from A to Z overnight.  They want to take it one day at a time, one tackle at a time, one hit at a time.  He said the first big goal is a SEC Title.

AUDIO: Bret Bielema said the dream has to start with the SEC title :14