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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema takes subtle shot at Sooners' pickup of Dorial Green-Beckham

by Ryan Aber Modified: July 4, 2014 at 10:40 am •  Published: July 3, 2014
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is no stranger to controversial comments. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson, File)
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is no stranger to controversial comments. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson, File)

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s foot isn’t a stranger to his mouth.

Bielema puts it there frequently.

A year before he left Wisconsin to join the Hogs, Bielema said he wanted no part of the Southeastern Conference.

“I can tell you this,” Bielema said at the time. “We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC—in any way, shape or form.”

Bielema also politicized the death of California football player Ted Agu when he talked about the NCAA proposal to limit hurry-up offenses earlier this year.

“Death certificates,” Bielema said when asked about hard evidence of increased risk of injury with up-tempo offenses. “There’s no more anything I need than that.”

Agu collapsed and later died on a supervised training run in early February.

Bielema might not’ve been talking about Bob Stoops and Oklahoma’s decision to bring Dorial Green-Beckham aboard on a Thursday radio appearance on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly. But he brought up character in transfers, and later talked about marijuana specifically without being prompted.

“I just want, especially the people of Arkansas (to know), when we go after a transfer, we’re going after the highest quality of people,” Bielema told Mattingly when asked about a transfer to Arkansas. “I’m not trying to get a rebound of any law enforcement or drug issues or anything else. We look for high quality.”

Green-Beckham was twice arrested for marijuana-related offenses before eventually being kicked off Missouri’s team.

When Green-Beckham was making his decision in high school, Oklahoma and Arkansas were two of the last teams eliminated before he eventually chose Missouri.

While Bielema might never go after a transfer with the kind of issues that Green-Beckham has in his past, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him give it a shot the next time a player with Green-Beckham’s skills becomes available.

The Sooners had more SEC success last year than Bielema’s Razorbacks.

OU beat SEC power Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Arkansas went 0-8, including a 52-0 loss to Alabama, in SEC play last season. The Razorbacks had their first winless season in conference play since 1931 when the Hogs were a member of the Southwest Conference.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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