Bret Bielema’s supportive note to Arkansas AD Jeff Long

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the note that Bret Bielema sent to Arkansas AD Jeff Long to support his decision to fire Bobby Petrino. Another Arkansas blog posted the note. Here it is:

Jeff,

Just wanted to say that this note is long past due. As I watched your press conference this past spring I wanted to reach out and say how much I respected your actions but more importantly your words. As a head coach I know that my comments are looked at in every way possible. Here at UW I have a great AD because he is a man of his word and asks the same for all of us. Best wishes moving forward and stay strong. It was the right call!

Best Wishes,
Bret

P.S. One thing I have learned through my time at UW is that today’s society wants to win them all, but as Coaches and Administrators we need to balance the Big Picture for all our student-athletes!

Bottom line: Send out supportive notes to Athletic Directors. You never know if it’ll help you get a job.

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  • Great read,
    “Bottom line: Send out supportive notes to Athletic Directors. You never know if it’ll help you get a job.”

    I think that statement in its self is golden, and far too many people forget about it. Small acts of support and character go a long way in finding a job.
    I think it also shows what a class act Bielema is, reaching out to an AD who had to make a tough desicion takes a lot of gumption and character. I think you agree Jon that this is probably a major factor in landing him this job (as well as his dominant coaching career). This makes me think even more of Coach Bielema than I already did. Go Hogs.