FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The news of Bret Bielema's firing came to the surprise of very few. But, it's surprising for Bret Bielema when you compare it to his thought's from SEC Media Days in 2015.
"I used to hear this phrase all the time," said Bielema. "In coaching there's always two types of coaches. Those that have been fired and those that are gonna be fired. And I've never been fired."
Bielema is walking out with class. During his post game press conference on Friday, he was supportive of the University of the that had fired him only moments before.
"I will do anything and everything I can to help Arkansas," said Bielema. "I'm a bigger fan of Arkansas now than ever. I know that I'll work with whoever they end up naming. If they want my help, I'll be here 10 fold to help them."
Bielema says that before the game there wasn't any pleading from him to his players.
"I just asked our guys to be their greatest," said Bielema. "That's all I wanted them to do. I didn't say any of the win for the, for me or anything else. Just go out and be as great as humanly possible for the seniors."
People always say to leave a place better than you found it. And Coach B feels he's done that.
"I think that you're in a really really good spot going forward," said Bielema. "I do think that, you've got a group of players that care, a bunch of players that have done a lot of really really good things off the field. Shoot, we took over this program, I think we were at a 918 APR and we're at a 988 this past year. I mean, the closest you can get is 1000. So you know, because I didn't win more games I can brag about my GPA."
While Bielema will almost certainly be moving out of Fayetteville. He will always have a strong connection to the city.
"One of the greatest things that's come out of this is I have a beautiful daughter (Briella), who forever, will be born in Fayetteville."