FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team continued preparations Thursday for Saturday’s game against the University of Alabama. Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media after practice and spoke about the team’s upcoming opponent.
“I think myself and our guys are excited to go over and get the chance to play the No.1 team in the country, somebody that has done very well in the world of college football, not just this year, but every year since Coach Saban has been there, obviously the history they’ve had," Coach Bielema said. "It’s a chance for our guys to bounce back on the right track against a quality opponent.”
With Vice Chancellor Director of Athletics Jeff Long’s recent appointment as chair of the college football playoff selection committee, Coach Bielema also spoke about the football program’s relationship with athletic administration.
“I didn’t really know Jeff before I got here," Coach Bielema said. "He’s getting to know me. He tackled me last night on the stage. He kind of startled me. I think that’s what he’s apologizing for. I think what Jeff sees, and the administration and the university in general, they see all the little things that maybe other people haven’t seen yet that are great indicators of what’s to come from the way we handle our recruiting to the way we handle our budget to the way we handle our business, the way we have a transparent relationship with administration. We’re not looking to do anything behind your back. We’re not looking to do anything other than everything we say we’re going to do, and we back it up a hundred times over with the same guys every day. I think the spike in academics and the standards that we’re holding our guys to, whether it be on the field, off the field, drug policy, all of that stuff is really on a positive upswing. At some point it’s going to have the results that you want to carry over on the field.”
Kickoff for Saturday’s game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Single-game tickets for the final Fayetteville home game against Auburn on Nov. 2 and the Mississippi State game in Little Rock on Nov. 23 are on sale. Single-game tickets can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Additionally, tickets for the Little Rock game can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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