A cute tiff developed last week between new Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. The two exchanged words regarding the proliferation of up-tempo offenses and potential safety issues that could coincide, with Malzahn speaking in support of a fast-paced style of play and Bielema arguing against the innovation.
Bielema’s brash outspokenness has garnered a lot of attention, but the coach doesn’t feel like he’s being outspoken at all. Instead, Bielema claims that he’s just an honest guy:
I don’t think I’m outspoken. I really don’t. But I guess I get it. I just kind of reacted. I’m a firm believer in what I said and what I believed in.
I do speak the truth. I don’t care how it’s perceived. Great advice I always learned is if you always tell the truth you don’t have to remember what you said. I really enjoy media day because you can just go in, you can be real and you can talk. I think some people are a little bit uncomfortable maybe because they’re trying to remember what they said in the past or they’re maybe trying to cover up things that they don’t want to talk about.
It’s a lot easier to go in and be honest and be real (Arkansas News).
For those hoping to see this conflict settled on the field as opposed to behind podiums, Arkansas and Auburn meet on November 2nd.
[Source: Arkansas News]