Bret Bielema won the press conference yesterday at the SEC Football Media Days, here are a few of the lines that entertained more than 400 members of the media.
Toughness of schedule:
“AD (Jeff Long) had a nice idea to throw TCU into the mix before we taken on the SEC West. One hell of an idea. So I’m very excited about seeing Coach Patterson. I see him once a year on a Nike trip. That’s good enough for me. I don’t really want to play him.’
On Michigan canceling series:
“I was excited about playing them. I know there’s discussion about them renewing the Notre Dame game. Jeff didn’t give me a deadline. I was in Europe with my wife. We were on a train headed to Paris. It’s ironic for me to say that in every words. My wife said, Hey, there’s something about — on the Internet about a Big Ten team canceling with an SEC team. I said, I don’t know anything about it. She said, Really? Your picture’s right here. She’s real quick.
‘And so I read the article and realize we’ve been canceled. And, you know, a lot goes into it. I get it. I understand how the SEC — I’m sorry, the Michigan-Notre Dame thing sounds sexy to everybody else, but I think Michigan and Arkansas sounds sexy. I was very excited about Big Ten versus SEC. I made a comment in the spring I’d love to see an SEC challenge at the front end. My commish gave me a josh back, said that’s called a bowl game.
“I got tremendous respect for Jim (Harbaugh, Michigan head coach). I know there’s a lot of people like to throw darts at Michigan, all that’s going on right now. I love a guy that speaks his mind, as you can tell from knowing me. I love the way he coaches the game. I know several people that know him. I know his father and his brother are halfway decent. I understand they have to do what they have to do, but it was one of those — it was tough to go away.’
Losing six offensive starters:
“At Arkansas we’re not built very sexy, we’re just kind of a work in progress. We need a lot of time in the bathroom to get ready and come out and look great. But when why do, we’ll stop time. ‘
After loss to Texas A&M last season:
“When we got done with the game and we’re walking across to shake hands, and he said, I don’t know what to say. I said, don’t say anything, I might punch you.’
“I was in Russell’s wedding — not in the wedding, I just sat and watched. I was the guy in the eighth row in the outside seat.’