FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema logs on to Twitter for about 45 minutes every Sunday night to interact with recruits. During that time, he sees many of the things his current players are tweeting.
That’s why he responded to sophomore cornerback Ryan Pulley’s tweet that his school work was giving him a “headache.”
You get your first touchdown pick six and now you start this on social media? ?
Enjoy the headache and keep working https://t.co/Al51haHvmo
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) September 19, 2016
Bielema explained during his Monday news conference that he took the playful jab at Pulley because he doesn’t want people thinking that Pulley doesn’t take his academics seriously, something that isn’t the case.
“I had no idea that it became as big of a deal as it was,” Bielema said. “Someone made reference to me today that it got a lot of replies. But he takes his academics very seriously. I just wanted to jab him, because I love the kid. I absolutely love Ryan.
“Some of our players will put things on social media that they think is just kind of funny, but if I’m a NFL scout and I see that on someone’s timeline, they’re going to think he doesn’t like academics. That’s not the case with Ryan at all.
“I want those kids to know what they put out there it’s like they’re putting it on the front page of USA Today.”
Pulley has started the last two games at cornerback and during last week’s win over Texas State, returned an interception for a touchdown.