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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is ready to start camp, even though not of all his players will be there on Day 1.

Arkansas football: Something old, something new … and plenty Bret Bielema ahead of fall camp

Eric Bolin

With your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.

Bret Bielema the father … figure

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema confirmed Monday he has spoken with former Razorbacks offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola after Tretola was shot in the leg during an incident in Fayetteville last weekend.

Tretola had a difficult past and Bielema worked as a mentor in his life, not just a coach. The details surrounding the shooting are still being investigated.

Bret Bielema on Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss: Let’s move along

Bielema was not about to wade too deep into the Hugh Freeze-Ole Miss mess right now. He was asked about it ahead of the NWA Razorback Club Golf Tournament on Monday, but he mostly played it straight.

You just hate when anything can be brought to light that’s a negative. If there’s anything negative about college football, it affects all of us in the general population.”

Not gonna make it … for now

Montaric Brown is arguably the biggest in-state product the Razorbacks landed in the 2017 recruiting class. Unfortunately for those anxious for his debut, it’ll have to wait. Brown is finishing up some final studies that must be completed before he joins the team. He won’t be in town for the start of camp on Thursday, but Bielema does expect him sooner rather than later.

Introducing Gary Cross

Not Gary Clark. Not Howard Cross. Just make that clear first, because yours truly keeps messing it up mentally.

Gary Cross is a junior wide receiver from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. But he’s from the South Arkansas town of Fordyce. Bielema recruited him in high school, but some things got in the way. Nonetheless, Cross has made it to Fayetteville, anyway. Cross isn’t on scholarship yet, but Bielema said he will be soon as one is available.

Alexy Jean-Baptiste nicked up

Redshirt freshman linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste won’t be part of the team’s initial 105-man roster, which should be released soon. Jean-Baptiste is still recovering from surgery after breaking his foot in April. It was the sixth broken foot sustained by a Razorbacks player in the last two years.

Bielema said that Jean-Baptiste should only miss “several” practices and could be ready to go before the season officially starts.

McTelvin ‘Sosa’ Agim is a lock, but who else will lead up front?

SEC Country’s complete positional preview continued Monday with a look at the defensive line.

The unit was supposed to be the best on the team last year and ended up with mega problems. Can’t get worse this season … can it?

Tweets and the like

Tell me you don’t want to read this. Go ahead. You’re crazy.

Why yes, yes he has. This per our John Nabors, who did a tournament-style bracket with readers and on Twitter last week. Turns out no one is hated more in the Arkansas sports scene than former Kentucky basketball player Malik Monk. Personally found it hilarious he won considering what another media personality said about him in June. Oh, well.

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