Simply put, there’s never a shortage of memorable Bret Bielema soundbytes from SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.
“I don’t think we’re gonna have a Cabo Satellite Camp. I don’t think my AD will approve that. Maybe a little weekend in Vegas,” Bielema said.
Coach Bielema’s approach to Media Days…
“I would much rather have a good relationship with the media than a poor relationship.”
Bielema adds…enjoy the moment and be yourself.
He always says what’s on his mind, and things like that, and he’s always pretty humorous with it,” Tight End Jeremy Sprinkle said.
‘It’ is the media circus at the Wynfrey Hotel on Media Days,
But Bielema seems unfazed by the herd of reporters constantly following coaches and players from room to room.
“If I come over here with the attitude that, hey, I don’t want to do it or I don’t want to be here, you’re gonna take that and compound it times 1,000,” Bielema notes.
That’s the advice Bielema passed along to his three players representing Arkansas Wednesday in Hoover.
Deatrich Wise Junior, Jeremy Sprinkle and Brooks Ellis made the trip.
“Brooksie doesn’t love the media…Sprink isn’t a very outspoken person. Now,
you probably haven’t been able to shut him up.”
Among the many things Wise admires about Bielema…
the defensive end thinks the Head Hog is a players’ coach.
“He gives you that freedom to do what you want to do within the guidelines of the rules. He’s kind of an uncle in a sense. You can be fun with him, but he’s also strict and stern. You can talk to him about anything,” Wise said.
Isn’t that what you want in the player-coach dynamic? For that matter, isn’t that how you want anyone to be?
“I’m gonna be me. I’m gonna be me every day.
I will have success or failure off what I do, not what I tried to be,” Bielema said.