The question was pretty straight-forward. Bret Bielema was simply told that Auburn’s Gus Malzahn had said that he thought the notion of hurry-up offenses being dangerous was a joke. Arkansas’ coach was asked for his response.
Bielema apparently took it that Malzahn had suggested that he specifically was being silly, rather than all of the defensive-minded coaches out there as whole.
Bielema then got loud. And he talked even faster. It was clear he was heated:
“He thought it was a joke? I’m not a comedian.
Everything that I say is things that I truly believe in. When I go into a young man’s home… when you go into recruit a kid that’s 17-years-old and you’re gonna move him halfway across the country and you say, ‘I’m gonna look out for the personal well-being of your son in everything I do.” It’s gonna be gameday, it’s gonna be practice, it’s gonna be in conditioning sessions. I am trusting you to give me your son to come play for me. And if I have a son that I have brought to this campus and I don’t look for his personal well being, then I have lied to that parent.
Alls I know is this, there are times when an offensive player and a defensive player are on the field for an extended amount of time without a break. You cannot tell me that a player after Play Five is the same player that he is after Play 15. And if that exposes him to a risk of injury then that’s my fault. And I can’t do anything about it.”
If that reads like a rant (including “Alls I know”), it should. It was. Bielema was hot. He concluded:
“If you wanna play hurry-up offense, play it. I’ll play it. But it doesn’t mean I can’t try to protect my players.”
Arkansas fans will love that. Most everyone else will think that he got a little too fired up over a comment that he didn’t hear for himself.