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Jeff Long's hiring of Bret Bielema is a seminal Arkansas moment in its SEC history

Love him or hate him, Bret Bielema’s hiring at Arkansas was huge

Eric Bolin

Arkansas football rules the world of Razorbacks sports. So with your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast and get caught up. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas…especially Arkansas football. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.

Most Memorable SEC moment: No. 24

Bret Bielema is a divisive figure among the Arkansas fan base. But, in fairness, what coach isn’t? I mean, even the sane think in the back of their mind Bob Stoops was run out of Oklahoma.

This is Arkansas, though, where the standards are different. And when athletic director Jeff Long hired Bielema, the stage was set for the dawning of a new era. That’s not hyperbole, either. Bielema’s hire is the 24th most memorable moment in SEC Country’s countdown of the 25 most memorable moments in the last 25 SEC seasons.

The punter!? Yes, the punter

Anyone who has watched Arkansas football at all the last couple years knows that the Razorbacks aren’t exactly stellar on special teams. Last year, at least, they had (should-have-been-All-SEC) punter Toby Baker and his boot to bring up an otherwise atrocious unit.

But Baker is gone now and in his stead comes Blake Johnson, a player better known — so far — for his troubles than his leg. This fall, though, it’s been so far, so good for Johnson. And in a spot the Razorbacks badly need someone to step up.

From SEC school to SEC school, surprisingly

David Williams could not have arrived in Fayetteville a moment too soon. The former South Carolina running back decided to spend his final season of eligibility at Arkansas as a grad transfer. Perfect timing considering the recent retirement of Rawleigh Williams III, too. But David Williams wasn’t completely sold on the Razorbacks at the start.

A walk-on kicker!? Yes, a walk-on kicker

You’d think one special teams note is enough in one day, huh? It isn’t. Not when Arkansas had such trouble in the area last year. They need a new kicker, too, after the graduation of Adam McFain. Cole Hedlund, a former starter, is in line to regain the gig, but a walk-on named of Blake Mazza is giving it a whirl, too.

Dalton Wagner isn’t Dan Skipper

Arkansas’ freshman tackle Dalton Wagner drew immediate comparisons to former Arkansas offensive lineman Dan Skipper when he arrived this spring. They’re both hulking fellas, at 6-foot-9 and 6-10, respectively. But they’re more different than they are the same, come to find out.


What Usain Bolt is to sprinting, Omar McLeod is becoming to hurdling. The former Arkansas trackster — and Jamaican countryman to Bolt — just captured his first 110-meter hurdles world championship. It’s the first gold medal in the event for Jamaica.

Tweets and the like

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You may have heard Bolt — the man mentioned above — lost in his final race as a competitor. Neat little tidbit about his career here, including some ex-Hogs.

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