Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema made an appearance at Alabama’s 2018 pro day on Wednesday alongside Bill Belichick as a representative of the New England Patriots, per NESN.com.
Bielema, who spent five seasons in charge of the Razorbacks, is currently out of a coaching job after being fired in November, but is not struggling with finances, as the Razorback Foundation is set to pay him $11.935 million over the next three years.
The headline by the Boston-based site might make SEC fans do a double take, as Bielema is given the label “SEC expert” by the writer, which, given 11-29 conference record while at Arkansas, is far from the truth. Bielema could never make the transition from the Big Ten, where he won three conference championships at Wisconsin, to the SEC. The Razorbacks best season in conference play came in 2015 when they would finish 5-3. He would finish with a 29-34 overall record at Arkansas.
Bielema, however, is familiar with the players at Alabama, playing the Crimson Tide each of the five seasons at Arkansas. The Crimson Tide are once again loaded with NFL talent, led by wide receiver Calvin Ridley, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive tackle DaRon Payne, all expected to be go in the first round of the upcoming draft.