But Bielema's Razorbacks have begun to blossom as he enters his fourth season at Fayetteville.
On Bielema's wife always attending SEC Media Days: "Maybe because there's a mall here but that's a totally different conversation".
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'". We need a lot of time in the bathroom to get ready and come out and look great. "I realized we're getting really close to where we want to be". Commissioner Slive was on the phone, who basically got after me as hard as any man has ever gotten after me, other than my father, in my life about what I just done and why I did it and why we don't do that in the SEC.
The Razorbacks continue to turn heads in the nation's toughest conference. Prior to that, Arkansas had a fading APR (Academic Progress Rate) and had 13 players arrested the two previous years before Bielema was hired. "She said, 'Really? Your picture's right here.' She's real quick".
Sprinkle had some experience with Pittman during his time at Arkansas, since the offensive line coach likes for his tackles and tight ends to work together in tandem.
Even when Bielema was making a serious assessment about his team, the amusing spilled out.
Bret Bielema taking seniors Brooks Ellis, Deatrich Wise Jr, and Jeremy Sprinkle with his this year.
That vote was taken before Lawson's 28-1 3-4 personal record long jump advanced him from the United States Olympic Trials to representing the U.S.in next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"We will be thinking about whether New Year's Eve is the right way to go", Hancock told reporters.
To build on last season's third-place finish in the SEC West will require a major overhaul on offense and more reliance on a defense that returns nine starters. Arkansas State is now required to play six games each year in Jonesboro, as part of its stadium naming rights agreement with Centennial Bank, but athletic director Terry Mohajir has stated in the past that he would consider bringing a game to Little Rock if the opportunity presented itself.
"I think Archie knows a few things about QBs", Bielema joked.
In each of the last two seasons, the Razorbacks blew late leads and fell to the Aggies in overtime.
Barker completed 35-of-70 passes for 364 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions past year.
But Bielema isn't expecting miracles from the quarterback position.
His vision, however, went beyond Xs and Os and Jimmys and Joes. Bielema and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh are alike fellows in some ways, both unafraid to speak their minds. Since he arrived, he said Arkansas has produced a league-high 100 members of the SEC's All-Academic Team.
Hancock also praised Tampa as a "great site" and said preparations are going well for the January 9 national title game at Raymond James Stadium. While Arkansas is the most profitable tenant for War Memorial Stadium, Crass said it hosts events 250 days a year, so it should be able to survive even without the Razorbacks. Four have been detained under Bielema.
The Razorback fans will get a chance to see their team avenge that loss when the Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville on October 8.
"That directly reflects on what we do on the field, as well". "We just wish he and Jerri the very best in the future".
Bielema's decision to leave Wisconsin was a head-scratcher at the time.
It is beginning to make sense.
"That's when I think divine intervention did happen".