FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said it’s been “guaranteed” to him that his team won’t see umpire Stan Weihe anymore after Saturday’s game.
“That makes my heart and my wife’s heart probably feel a little better,” said Bielema, who never mentioned Weihe by name during his Monday news conference.
Weihe was responsible for throwing a flag for holding that resulted in a late first-half Arkansas touchdown being nullified. The Hogs ended up settling for a field goal.
The holding call was controversial because it appeared the Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand lost his balance and fell to the ground on the play. The holding call was made on Arkansas right tackle Brian Wallace.
Bielema hinted Monday that Weihe was responsible for a controversial call in the fourth quarter of Arkansas’ loss to Texas A&M two years ago.
After the field goal, Bielema ran onto the field and argued with officials, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty being called.
“I knew when I started walking I ran the risk of what happened,” Bielema said. “Our players play really hard, man, you know? I just wanted an explanation. That was the main thing. And they explained it well.”