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Arkansas fans react to Mike Gundy, Bret Bielema and crazy day on coaching carousel

Gina Mizell Published: December 4, 2012

By Stephanie Kuzydym, Staff Writer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Not many Arkansas fans believed it.

Any of it.

Not that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy would leave his alma mater for Fayetteville. Some saw it as a power play. Others saw it as a lateral move.

And not that Bret Bielema was their new coach when Yahoo! Sports broke that the former Wisconsin coach would take over at Arkansas.

“Ain’t never heard a thing about him,” one fan said.

Fans like Arkansas student John Nabors said the initial smoke that Gundy was leaving Oklahoma State got his hopes up prematurely. Then, once he started researching Bielema, he realized what the Razorbacks were getting in a coach.

However, all the Razorbacks that The Oklahoman spoke to said that Gundy would have been a solid hire, even one Hogs fan that was accompanied by a Sooners fan at the Razorbacks’ game against OU Tuesday night.

“I just wanted him to leave the state, so Oklahoma would have the whole rights to the state again,” said Andy Hebert, the Sooners fan.

Like most fans, Hebert and his cousin, Barry Flanagan, a Hogs fan, followed the coaching craze via Twitter.

“We were getting the updates at the Cracker Barrel,” Flanagan said.

Flanagan called the hire of Bielema a “winner,” saying that what Hogs fans will like him based on his ability to recruit.

As Bielema reportedly met with his new team before an official University announcement, the smoke in Oklahoma and on Twitter had settled and left Gundy right where he started the morning — in Stillwater.

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