ESPN writer says Bret Bielema could be on hot seat in 2017
Is another SEC West coach on the hot seat? One ESPN writer thinks that could be the case.
During a Monday appearance on Bo Mattingly’s radio show, ESPN’s Ryan McGee said he believes Arkansas coach Bret Bielema will be among those coaching for his job in 2017 after the Razorbacks’ 7-5 finish this season.
McGee: I think 7-5 leaves Bret Bielema on the “hot seat” page of the preseason magazines for 2017. Not saying it’s fair, but it’s how it is.
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) November 28, 2016
McGee didn’t specify if he actually believes Bielema deserves that dubious recognition going forward.
Arkansas had improved each of Bielema’s first three years, climbing from last in the SEC West to tied for third last season. The Razorbacks went 8-5 and won their second straight bowl game in 2015.
This year’s squad remained in the AP Top 25 for most of the season before getting stomped by division rivals Auburn and LSU. Bielema, however, was in line for at least another eight-win season, but Arkansas blew a 24-7 lead last week to suffer an embarrassing loss against struggling Missouri.
It ended up being a disappointing season for a Razorbacks team looking to jump to the next level, especially in the midst of a down-year in the SEC. It’ll be interesting to see if Bielema is indeed on the hot seat next season.