Posted February 21, 2014

Cal AD chastises Arkansas coach Bret Bielema for comments about Ted Agu

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Bret Bielmahas yet to win an SEC game at Arkansas. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Bret Bielema has yet to win an SEC game at Arkansas. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

University of California athletic director Sandy Barbour has spoken out regarding Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s use of Cal player Ted Agu’s death as rationale for the proposed pace-of-play slowdown, calling his comments “inappropriate” and “misinformed.”

Bielema was speaking to a Razorback booster group earlier in the week when he was asked why he supported adopting the new rule preventing quick snap offenses. In an interview with SI.com’s Andy Staples published earlier Friday, Bielema sought to clarify his reasoning. The coach pointed to the death of Agu during a conditioning workout earlier this month, in effect arguing he wanted the new rule for player-safety reasons, not for a schematic advantage. (CBSSports.com reported at the time that Agu, 21, had sickle cell trait. Bielema has also referred to players with sickle cell trait as the target for this rule. It has not been confirmed that Agu had this condition).

Barbour tweeted out her response to Bielema’s comments Friday, following a memorial service for Agu, saying that Bielema did not have the facts and questioning his motives.

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Bielema has apologized for the comments saying they were intended to advance player safety and any pain they may have caused was unintended.

The former Wisconsin coach went 3-9 overall with zero wins in the SEC in 2013, his first season as the Arkansas coach.


14 comments
atwood.t
atwood.t

He is trying to distract the fans from his disastrous first season in the SEC.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

How about Bielema actually doing a few exercises himself instead of stuffing donuts down his pie-hole before he talks about a pace-of-play rule.

HughTjardon
HughTjardon

Cool down, people, college football is in its final years.  It's almost over . . . boola, boola.  Just wait until the "student-athletes" unionize.  

Cool
Cool

I have a wild and completely crazy idea for coach Bielema.  If he really is concerned about each and every players health and well being he should be calling for the NCAA to require medical testing on all scholarship players.  Screening for the disease's he is most concerned about and then telling those players they can't play.  That would be a true sign of an actual concern for player safety.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Nick Saban:  "Hey Bret, you are an over-weight fat piece of garbage.  How about I agree to only beat your crap team by 30 points next year and you vote with me on this pace of play rule".


Bret Bielema:  "I am a fat loser, and it is hard for me to move up and down the side-line when we play Auburn and Texas A&M.  I'll vote for the pace of play rule if you throw in some free hoagies Nick".


Nick Saban:  "Deal"

RandySandberg
RandySandberg

Player safety!!! Especially if it helps a team win.  These coaches would sell their soul for victory.  Do you really think they care about "Player Safety"?

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Player Saftey is paramount and is as good as it's EVER been in College Football so that's a Weak Excuse an yes it is Very Tragic but some Players both in the NFL & College Ranks do Pass Away every Year. NUT UP Bret Bielema an COACH, MIZZOU had a Horrible 1st Season in the SEC then went on a Tear cause they Run a Solid Offense plus have a FASTER Paced Offense than your Weak BIG 10 or is it 13 Now? 

Did u Think that your BADGERS Offense would REALLY Translate down South, just cause u Run a SPREAD OFFENSE of some kind Guarantees NOTHING, STANFORD Beat 50+ Point a Week OREGON the Last 2 Year's Easily. Recruit & COACH, U stole a Great 1,000 FROSH RB in COLLINS from the CANES so you have Talent. 

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

I think it is COMPLETE BS slowing down the Pace of the "NCAA" GAME an I'm a Pro-Style Lifelong MIAMI HURRICANES Fan so I have nothing to gain in this Arguement. Please...waaaa waaaa My Team an Defensive Schemes can't keep up with your Faster and more Athletic Team. FSU who I Hate but Wanted to Win the TITLE (Screw The SEC) Runs Multiple Packages while AUBURN is Non-Stop yet Lost. STOP getting pissed when someone out coaches you.

jimnie
jimnie

@thebigdawg3 Seriously?  A persons weight is no measure of their intellect.  But making fun of someone's weight definitely reveals your emotional immaturity.  You should spend more time on Disney.com slick.

pirate
pirate

@MikeSchultz   Hi Mike. Take a deep breath. Calm down. Learn some punctuation. We have this word, "and" that we use instead of "an." Saves confusion when you the right words, spell them properly, get your finger off the caps lock, and use some basic punctuation and grammar. Just the basic stuff would be nice.