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Bielema couldn't handle Meyer recruiting in the Big Ten. Imagine Bielema's chagrin recruiting in the stormy, treacherous recruiting seas of the SEC with his bamboo hut perilously perched atop the low lying, sandy recruiting island known to the indigenous peoples as Arkansas ....
I think the guy might get his feelings hurt a lot....
This post was edited by jojo 1 16 months ago
Who made the better hire? Auburn. It isn't even close.
Changing Arky to smash-mouth type of team will take at least 2 recruiting classes. Gus will get Auburn to a bowl in year 1. Advantage Gus.
Gus knows how to recruit in the SEC and Bielema will need assistance that can do it for him. Advantage Gus.
I assume Bielema will bring most of his staff with him. Advantage Bielema.
SEC experience, Championship experience both Advantage Gus.
I do not know about it not being close, but, I am much happier having a HC that comes with his own offense. I would have rather seen BP and if not him JF....each bring their own offense. I just do not think most programs can be successful long term with offensive philosophy and scheme changes. Defense is a little more flexible to change. Plus, until this year I never though AU would have trouble attracting defensive talent. I also think as a fan base we needed a quick turn around, 6-7 wins next year and 8 + wins in 2014. An offensive coach is going to give us our best shot to reach that goal. It would have taken KS for example who is a 3 -4 guy a lot longer to even turn around just the defense. He would have had to move quickly to change personnel or worse yet to change the scheme with which he is most comfortable.
As for Coach B, He is straight up "old man" football. Nothing wrong with that but it does not appeal to me. If his team goes down by a couple of touchdowns it is over. His style of power play will struggle in the SEC where he will have a lot harder time competing for talent in a league where the majority of schools are recruiting for the same type talent and playing against big strong defenses that are built to attack and destroy the run. Plus, he has proven himself to be a whiner when it comes to recruiting against the likes of Urban Meyer. If he thinks Meyer is dirty wait till he sees what goes on in the SEC.
I would give AR a C + especially given the time they had to conduct their search and the number of offers they allegedly made. I think they made a big mistake passing on Strong if he was willing to go there. I would give AU a B. GM is still unproven as a HC and I think most saw him as more of a safe fall back hire rather than a big splash. We could have easily gotten BP or JF and both would have been splash hires that would have come with a largely in place staff, more management and recruiting experience. GM' s xs and os are legendary and his offense to some extent is it's own recruiting tool, but, how good of a manager will he be....He touts his 15 years as a HS head coach...The difference is almost like the difference between managing a Walmart store vs. managing Walmart Corporation.
Clearly Arkasnsas. It may not look that way a few years from now. But today, it's them by a landslide.
Both are quality hires. It will take Bielema a while to get used to the SEC. He may be a fish out of water culturally.
"you're so vain, I'll bet you think this post is about you, don't you? Don't you?"
Wow, a well thought out and rational article which doesn't mention even a hint of "NCAA investigation". The only thing this guy failed to mention was when stating how the 2011 offense stats "fell off" under Malzahn, he didn't state why - that CGC had hand-cuffed the offense and forced CGM to shutter the HUNH component, which is the bedrock for the success of his offense.
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