Bielema: Arkansas not very sexy but on the rise in SEC West

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As the 2016 SEC Media Days entered their back half, all eyes were on Alabama and Nick Saban's take on a variety of issues. Lets get right to it MI football backing out on Arkansas.

"I'm sorry, the Michigan-Notre Dame thing sounds sexy to everybody else", Bielema said. They will have to pay Arkansas 2 million buts for breaking contract. That game has to happen. I know his father and his brother are halfway decent. When you look into the future as far as the Razorbacks are concerned and they are scrambling. "I'm excited about Drew". Not really the wow factor there.

"No big deal." They will find a way to schedule a game. "Pounding the ball, play-action game, it's just not what a lot of people like to watch, as opposed to the spread offenses where a lot of guys are out in space and doing things like that".

"I realized we're getting really close to where we want to be", Bielema said.

"Ok, Mike says no big deal".

On Hugh Freeze during the 4th-and-25 lateral vs. Ole Miss: "There's like 20 of them trying to tackle (Arkansas' Alex Collins) from out of bounds, including (Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze) was up there a little bit close". He seemed pretty frustrated.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said new Georgia coach Kirby Smart asked him if he could talk to Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos about a position on the Georgia coaching staff. "Arguably is one of the most charismatic guys there".

Bret Bielema is still upset at Sam Pittman. He will come up with some good quotes. Saban's last stop of the day was SEC Network, which got to ask him anything it wanted, and the result was a snit between the Alabama coach and Paul Finebaum. "I made a comment in the spring I'd love to see an SEC-Big Ten challenge".

"Lets get to our predictions now, this is how this is going to work". I like Florida, a lot of talent down there. I don't Georgia will have is with their 1st year head coach, Tennessee I'm not jumping on the bandwagon, the Josh Dobbs bandwagon.

"The thing I like is that they had him that whole week in the Senior Bowl", he said. There you see I have Arkansas better than most people think. Arkansas, 3. LSU, 4.

Bielema talked about his coach in the same way someone might try to trade Pokémon cards.

On losing to good friend Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M last year: "Summy, last year, when we got done with the game and we're walking across to shake hands, and he said, 'I don't know what to say.' I said, 'Don't say anything, I might punch you'".

Bielema's game plan, though, relies more a physical run game that wears down opponents and makes the Razorbacks a team no one wants to face late in the season.

"My picks in the West are off the charts this is the year". A year later at Arkansas, it looked like colossal mistake. "I understand they have to do what they have to do, but it was one of those - it was tough to go away". Less Miles peaked four or five year ago and I was surprised he wasn't fired last year. I think he will be after this season.

On Arkansas not being in the news for arrests lately: "You don't have to worry whether or not I'm going to suspend anybody for the first game". I just got done watching Georgia's games over the weekend.

"There's just a lot of questions there that are reasons that there weren't charges brought against these guys", Saban said on the broadcast. The idea would be to give the NFL Draft Advisory Board more and better information on which to base its draft evaluations of underclassmen, which it issues each winter prior to the deadline to apply for early draft eligibility. "That's the way we do things".

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