Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was one of seven SEC coaches that went through the ESPN media “Car Wash” on Tuesday and he said a few colorful things on the network’s various platforms.
He tweeted the following while flying home from the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
“Flying home from #espn car wash & had a complete day. Ready to play ball, have some fun along the way. Not trying to make friends! #WoooPig”
That was likely about a couple of quotes during the day that probably ruffled a few feelings in Alabama.
One was about the Crimson Tide being given a waiver by the NCAA to have a camp on July 13 – the last day of a mandated dead period by the NCAA.
“For the first time in NCAA history, they gave us a two-week dead period," Bielema said. "And I don't know about you guys, but it wasn't dead. Alabama got a way that they got to have a camp, everybody else had to abide by the rules. And for 14 days, we couldn't have anybody on campus."
Bielema also had some comments about former Tennessee head coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin and his Vols staff were charged with 12 recruiting violations during the nine months he was at the school before leaving.
The comments came in answer to a question about Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s comments that cheating pays because the NCAA Enforcement staff is underfunded and has not had a meeting in over a year.
“It’s not like it was when Lane basically said ‘I'm gonna do some things, gonna get caught, but it’s worth the exposure,’” Bielema told ESPN writer Chris Low during a roundtable that included Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Tennessee’s Butch Jones.
Bielema told ESPN college football writer Brett McMurphy that the rule committee’s discussion of a 10-second rule before the ball could be snap – which got much negative attention – was actually longer when the process started.
“Bret Bielema told me that the 10-second proposal initially was 14 seconds, but he told the rules committee no one will go for that,” McMurphy tweeted out.
Photos courtesy of ESPN
Bielema joins Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Tennessee's Butch Jones for a segment..
Former Razorback soccer goalie and broadcast journalism Kelly Roliard (middle) was able to make the trip with the Arkansas group on Tuesday.
Bielema waits for his next stop at the Car Wash.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen (middle) joined Bielama for one interview.
Bielema Gets Colorful At ESPN's Car Wash
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