Arkansas Coach Peeved at Auburn Coaching Staff
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There apparently is no love lost between Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.
Bielema has accused Malzahn and his Auburn staff of sending bad tape to the Hogs, making them unable to check out the Tigers.
"There are just some clips that haven't ... shall we say, the TV copy doesn't match the film copy," Bielema said Monday. "And it's something we have kind of been aware of now for the last week and half in getting our preparation. So we can use other film and stuff like that to make sure we are getting the full picture.
"So, if I hadn't watched the TV copy, or if our guys hadn't had a the time to go back and review, we would have never known that to happen," Bielema pointed out. "I'm sure it's a glitch. I'm know Gus stands for everything that's right and [has] great faith in doing things right. So I'm sure it's just a glitch that they'll get to the bottom of."
Sheesh! How many lines are we going to have to read between today?
Malzahn didn't have any problem mastering that skill.
"We'll always operate with the utmost integrity in everything we do," Malzahn retorted. "If there's ever anything I don't know about that's brought to my attention, we'll deal with it in a prompt manner. The SEC office is aware of all the details on both sides."
We told you back in the summer that this rivalry might have gone to new heights, with Bielema taking aim at Malzahn's offensive philosophy. But now, with Bielema basically accusing Auburn of not sending good game videos, this thing may have taken another ugly turn.
Bielema reminds me of Lane Kiffin when he first arrived in the SEC at Tennessee. He was brash, talked too much, and didn't have the team to back it up. That would seem to be the case here.
Bielema may be writing a check that his team can't cash, and Saturday might be another Hog slaughter.