University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema was a featured guest on College Football Live on Friday afternoon.
Coach Bielema joined hosts Cole Wright and Rod Gilmore for the show, which aired on ESPNU. Among other topics, Coach Bielema discussed what he has seen in his first six months in Fayetteville and how the program is changing.
"We were excited to get here in the winter and see exactly where we were," Coach Bielema said. "Spring ball went great. Our players have been very embracing with open arms. I think they like the fact that we're going to play a little bit more physical style of football, play downhill, put on your big boy pants and love to play the game with physicality."
Coach Bielema also discussed expectations for his first season in charge of the Razorbacks.
"We have a schedule that is right in front of us," Coach Bielema said. "What we do with that schedule determines if we get to 13 or 14 games. It's something I know our players are locked into. We have a group of almost 20 seniors who, when they were recruited here, Arkansas was great and they weren't happy with last season. We don't talk about it a lot, we just worry about where we're going and where we're headed. That's the part that we're excited about. We're the underdog. Everybody cheers for Rocky for a reason. I think people like to cheer for the underdog."
Before his appearance on College Football Live, Coach Bielema met with members of the local media at the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club's golf scramble. There, he addressed how he has defined success as a head coach.
"I pride myself, and our staff takes a lot of pride in, getting better every day," Coach Bielema said. "We will take on our opener and we'll get where we're at at the end of that game and figure out where we are going for game two. We will work ourselves through the first four games and hop into the SEC challenges, starting with Texas A&M at home, which is a very good ball club. Whether I'm sitting here two years or five years or 10 years from now when someone asks me 'How do you define a season?' my answer will never change. You get better every week, you put your best players in a position to have success and at the end of the year you look back at your totals and see where you are."
Arkansas kicks off the 2013 season Aug. 31 when it hosts Louisiana inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. A limited number of season tickets remain and can be purchased by calling the UA Ticket Office at 800-982-HOGS (4647) or visiting ArkansasRazorbacks.com
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