FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — During Bret Bielema’s playing days at Iowa, then-coach Hayden Fry always made family a priority for his staff.
“You would see those kids around with their dads and you know, we all come from families, too,” Bielema said this week. “So all these guys on my teams, they’ve got little brothers and sisters, and to see little kids around, I think always makes an impression.”
That’s why Bielema encourages his assistant coaches and staffers to bring their families around the football facility. It’s also why he was perfectly OK with his coaches taking their kids to school Wednesday, the first day of classes in the Fayetteville Public Schools system.
Offensive line coach Kurt Anderson tweeted Wednesday morning that he appreciated Bielema allowing him to take his kids to school. Defensive coordinator Robb Smith’s wife, Amy, also tweeted something about school starting.
— Kurt Anderson (@OLINEPRIDE) August 17, 2016
— Amy Smith (@uilimboAR) August 17, 2016
“Let me tell you this: The admiral — my wife — was barking out orders, the troops were falling in line,” Robb Smith joked to reporters Wednesday.
Smith has two sons and Anderson has five children, three sons and two daughters.
So if Amy Smith is the admiral, Robb was asked, what does that make him?
“What’s second in the Navy? Rear admiral, I guess,” Smith responded with a laugh.
He then continued, “A plebe,” using the term for a newly enrolled student at a military academy.