Bret Bielema wants to be one step ahead of the competition if what he calls a “game-changer” of an NCAA rule is reconsidered.
While Arkansas will have to wait until 2018 for its renovated game day locker room at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is ready for use, as reported by WholeHogSports.com’s Clay Henry on Tuesday, the Razorbacks coach wants to be ready in case game technology is allowed by the NCAA.
The use of electronic coaching devices in press boxes and locker rooms was approved by the NCAA rules panel in early 2016. However, that notion was later delayed and then eliminated.
Bielema is clearly optimistic that the NCAA will change its mind, and he wants to be ready once that day potentially comes and have everything in place to take advantage of that technology in his new locker rooms planned for the north end zone facility.
“They had rules where they were going to let you use more technology and video at halftime,” Bielema told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “That rule got vetoed recently. No technology can be used in your locker room. But we are still going to wire it for it. That might change down the line. We know that we are going to have a state of the art locker room.”
Plans for the locker room are still being finalized, but Bielema is considering ideas to use technology for recruiting purposes.