FAYETTEVILLE – New University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema was introduced as the 32nd head coach of the Razorbacks on Wednesday in a press conference in the Raymond Miller Room of the Broyles Athletic Center.
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long described the characteristics of Coach Bielema that led to him being named the head coach of the Razorbacks.
“I’m proud to say that the coach we are introducing to the Razorback Nation has a football resume that includes five New Year’s Day Bowl games, three Rose Bowls, two Big Ten Championships and he has done this all in seven years," Long said. "Just as important, he also brings the commitment of impacting the lives of the student-athletes he works with. His most recent APR was a 975, 50 points above the 925 benchmark. He also over the last three years has had 60 Academic All-Big Ten football selections on his team.”
Coach Bielema talked about how excited he was to be the new head coach of the Razorbacks.
“The opportunity to be in the SEC is something that I really wanted to do,” Coach Bielema said. “I’m just glad that the opportunity came at Arkansas. There’s probably only two or three schools that I would have thought about this afternoon and after I got involved in it, there’s only one school I would have done it for and that’s Arkansas.”