Bielema gives inspiration talk to Little Rock Touchdown Club!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-SYwFPm2lQ

 

I never thought Bobby Petrino was a good speaker but probably his finest speech was two years ago when he spoke to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. I should know since I was there and was very impressed with the talk. Today Brett Bielema also fired up the Hog faithful but we don’t have the horses that the Razorbacks had in 2011 when we finished ranked #5 in the nation behind two other SEC West foes who played in the National Championship Game. I am not going to let myself get too fired up this year in my expectations since last year I was predicting a possible national title year and it turned out to be 4-8.

I got to meet Coach Bielema at the Saline County Razorback Club in March and I was very impressed. I think he will get us back to the big time eventually but I am not predicting he will do it in the next two or three years. It may take 4 or 5 years to start the sniff the top 10 again. Tennessee and Auburn are the in same position we are. Both programs are hoping to get back in the top 10. Tennessee was a regular in the top 10 in the 1990’s and 2000’s until they started spinning their wheels with 4 different coaches in the last 7 years and Auburn just 2 years after a national title fired their coach after they hit rock bottom.

Bielema says Arkansas looking to opener

 

By KELLY P. KISSEL
Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 – 11:16 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 – 2:42 pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday his team has done what it could to put a horrible 2012 season behind it and is looking forward to kicking off a new season next week.

Bielema spoke to members of the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Wednesday and said it would be his final general appearance until after the season. Regular drills for the Aug. 31 opener in Fayetteville against Louisiana-Lafayette open Sunday.

The Razorbacks had two coaches in 2012.

Bobby Petrino, now at Western Kentucky, was fired after lying to school administrators about the circumstances surrounding a motorcycle accident he suffered April 1, 2012 — including that his mistress was aboard and that he had a hand in her hiring at the athletic department.

John Smith was let go after a 4-8 season that became progressively worse after a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe early in the season. The next week, Arkansas lost to Alabama 52-0 and Smith told reporters two days later that they needed to “Smile!”

“No one in college football has been through what you’ve been through, but you’ve lived through it,” Bielema said, recounting what he told his players last winter. “That year may not have been that much fun.”

But the coach said that, after coming to Arkansas from Wisconsin, the players haven’t complained about doing things differently.

“They’re excited to show you what we have built,” the coach said.

Separately, the school released its 2014 schedule, which drops the traditional Thanksgiving weekend matchup with LSU. Arkansas will travel to Missouri for a game the Friday after the holiday next season. The LSU game is two weeks earlier. The Razorbacks will also open the season with a road conference game for the first time since traveling to Texas in 1980, a 23-17 loss in a matchup of two Top 10 teams.

Meeting with reporters before his Touchdown Club appearance, Bielema said he knew there would be “curve balls” in the schedule.

The complete 2014 schedule announced Wednesday:

Aug. 30, at Auburn-c

Sept. 6, Nicholls State

Sept. 13, at Texas Tech

Sept. 20, Northern Illinois

Sept. 27, vs. Texas A&M-c (at Arlington, Texas)

Oct. 11, Alabama-c

Oct. 18, Georgia-c

Oct. 25, Alabama-Birmingham

Nov. 1, at Mississippi State-c

Nov. 15, LSU-c

Nov. 22, Ole Miss-c

Nov. 29, at Missouri-c

-c denotes Southeastern Conference game

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