Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is an outspoken guy. There’s no denying that.
Bielema recently opened up about his pet peeves when visiting with recruits during an interview on The Jim Rome Show. Bielema told Rome he isn’t afraid to leave a visit if a recruit is discourteous toward others, especially women.
“I’ve literally left a kid sitting in his living room if they don’t respect — everybody talks about respecting their elders, but I think even in today’s world, it gets down to the person that’s raised you,” Bielema said on the show.
“I tell our coaches, ‘Look out for social issues with women,’” Bielema said. “If he disrespects women at that time in his life, wait until he’s on his own on campus, it’s just a ticking time bomb. Maybe if a kid curses his mother or says something you shouldn’t say in front of your mom, that’s a red flag for us, ‘Let’s get out of this thing before it’s too late.’
Bielema said he sometimes gets caught up with a recruit’s talent or performance on tape. But he told Rome that another deal-breaker is a prospect’s character.
To Bielema, one of the most important qualities of a person’s character is how they treat women.
“A big one really, truly, is how they interact with the female people in their family,” Bielema said. “We all got siblings. I fought with my sisters. But I have never said anything in any way shape or form to upset my mother that I knowingly done or my grandmother.”