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Bielema Says U-La-La Will Be A “Tremendous Challenge” For Arkansas

2788_louisiana_ragin_cajuns-alternate-2000OK, don’t laugh.

Arkansas has a new coach, new schemes, and an injury-riddled depth chart.  Their opponent is coming off a bowl game and actually finished 9-4 last season.

Still, when Bret Bielema suggested this week that Louisiana-Lafayette will be a “tremendous challenge,” that had to just be coach-speak, right?  He had to be kidding.  (Wait, we already know he’s not a comedian.)

 

“This is probably not your typical opener seeing as it is against a bowl-win team that won nine games (last season), won 10 games before that…

I don’t think anybody’s expecting a free pass.”

 

Don’t forget, the Razorbacks fell 34-31 to Louisiana-Monroe last fall.  You can ask the folks at Florida if Louisiana’s other directional school is similarly dangerous.  The Gators had to block a punt and return it for a TD with two seconds left to play in order to subdue the Ragin’ Cajuns 20-13 in Gainesville last season.

According to ULL — we at MrSEC.com prefer U-La-La — head coach Mark Hudspeth, that game at Florida has given his team some confidence heading into Arkansas.  “The way we at least played at Florida last year — we didn’t win the game, but we competed — I think gave our guys even more confidence that you know, we can compete on a bigger stage… They’re not by any means arrogant or cocky coming into this game, but they’re confident.”

So don’t chuckle, all you non-Hog fans, if you see Arkansas getting a little bit more from Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend than most expect.  Bielema’s already sounded the warning bell for fans and for his team.

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Report: MSU’s Hudspeth Takes The ULL Job

Mississippi State receiver and passing game coordinator Mark Hudspeth has reportedly accepted the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette.

In late November, Hudspeth said he was not interested in the job.  Hudspeth said in the last 24 hours that he changed his mind when contacted by ULL officials.  Now, if FootballScoop.com is correct, he’s completed his flip-flop and accepted the ULL job.

Hudspeth had been the head coach at North Alabama from 2002 to 2008 before joining Dan Mullen’s first staff in Starkville.

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