HOOVER, Ala. — The responses to the introduction of his daughter blew Bret Bielema away.
“I was fortunate to bring a baby girl into this world less than 48 hours ago and have 10,000 responses to a picture of my daughter that I sent out,” the Arkansas coach said Monday. “Well, the replies and the feedback I got back, I heard from players from a year ago to 10 years ago to 15 years ago that talked about what we did in our time together that’s carried through the years.”
On Saturday morning , Bielema and wife Jen introduced daughter, Briella Nichole Bielema, to the world via Twitter. The adorable picture was retweeted 1,082 times and earned 10,277 favorites as of Monday afternoon.
To little surprise, Bielema addressed the development during SEC Media Days on Monday at the Wynfrey Hotel. He said becoming a father changed his view on life.
“It changes your perspective,” Bielema said. “I knew it always would.”
It will be interesting to see how Bielema carries that perspective into the coming season. Arkansas is looking to improve upon a 7-6 record last year that included a loss to Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl.
For Bielema, sleep could become a valued commodity in the near future.
“I really don’t think he got that much sleep already as it is,” Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen said. “And now, he’s really not getting much sleep. It’s a really special time for him. I’m really excited to see him as a father.”