The one thing you can’t accuse Bret Bielema of is not saying what’s on his mind. He’s been open and honest and doesn’t like to be a coach-speak or groupthink person, often irritating others.
After the recent news of Dorial Green-Beckham’s transfer to Oklahoma and an off-season at UGA that saw players with discipline issues transfer to Louisville and Auburn, Bret Bielema set the record straight on his transfer policy: he doesn’t want to take a player who’s coming of legal issues.
“Everybody adds players to the program,” Bret Bielema told Sportstalk with Bo Mattingly, via 247Sports. “Especially at Arkansas, when we go after a transfer, we’re going after the highest quality of people. I’m not trying to get a rebound off any law enforcement or drug issues or anything else. We look for high quality.”
Obviously, different coaches have different ways of handling this issue.
Earlier in June, Arkansas accepted a transfer from UNLV in Cameron Jefferson. Jefferson, who spent most of his time at left guard, started 33 consecutive games to close out his UNLV career. He’s a versatile prospect who didn’t start playing football until his junior year in high school, and he played three different positions for the Rebels, including both tackle spots. After failing to meet the NCAA’s minimum APR standard and being ineligible for a bowl game, UNLV players could transfer with immediate eligibility, although the NCAA has redacted the ban. Jefferson meets Bielema’s transfer policy.
Still, had Dorial Green-Beckham actually been looking the Hogs’ way – he almost went to Arkansas under Bobby Petrino out of high school – it would have been interesting to see how Bielema would have reacted. Several think DGB will never play a down for Oklahoma and head to directly to the NFL in 2015.
It’s interesting that Arkansas plays Auburn the first game of the season, and the Tigers accepted a transfer from dismissed Bulldog Tray Matthews. Bielema and Gus Malzahn have created a nice little rivalry.
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