There were plenty of bad losses in Arkansas’ season, particularly early in the year. None may have been as testy and frustrating as Arkansas’ overtime loss to Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium.
The Razorbacks missed a game-tying field goal and then failed to convert on a short third down and had a pass broken up on fourth down to seal the 28-21 defeat.
Those midfield meetups between head coaches after emotional games like this could certainly get a bit testy. Or maybe they do not. Who really knows. When the clock reads zero, the team that was better that day is usually on top.
And with all the tough losses Arkansas took last year, especially early in the season, Bret Bielema might have been a bit salty after this last one:
After A&M’s wild win vs. Arkansas, Kevin Sumlin told Bielema: “I don’t know what to say.” Bielema: “Don’t say anything, I might punch you"
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 13, 2016
That certainly seems like a rational response. Or an irrational one.
Bielema was joking of course. There were no threats of physical violence — and if Bielema ever did, that person should probably run as Bielema could probably hold his own.
But Bielema and Arkansas had its share of bad beats last year. It would be OK for some frustration to exist.
Even if this was just a joke, coaches might want to think twice about what to say to Bielema after a loss, particularly a bad loss. Or, better yet, let the Bielema win.