Arkansas Razorbacks Football

Arkansas Football: Bret Bielema Can Bring the Defense, What About Recruiting?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Brett Bielema of the Wisconsin Badgers gets ready to lead his team onto the field to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Jacob B.Contributor IIIDecember 5, 2012

Bret Bielema will be announced as the next head football coach at the University of Arkansas.

Of all the names that have been thrown around to take the position since the Hogs’ season went south during the Week 2 game against Louisiana-Monroe, Bielema was not one of them. Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long did a phenomenal job of keeping his selection a secret until the announcement.

Bielema is the first coach in recent Arkansas history to originate from the defensive side of the football. Bielema served as defensive coordinator at Wisconsin before being promoted to head football coach. Bobby Petrino and Houston Nutt both served as offensive coordinators early in their coaching careers.

This is a change of pace for the Razorbacks and should bring about a more defensive brand of football. The Hogs struggled on defense this past season, and they definitely need to try something different if they are going to compete with defensive powerhouses like Alabama and LSU in the SEC West.

Wisconsin is currently No. 13 in total defense. Arkansas is No. 72.

The main cause of concern for Hogs’ fans will be Bielema's ability to recruit in the SEC, particularly Arkansas’ ability to recruit in the state of Texas, which will become more difficult in the coming years now that Texas A&M has joined the SEC.

Bielema does not appear to have a lot of experience recruiting in the south and that could end up being a cause for concern for the program and for fans.

But hopes and concerns abound whenever a program hires a new head coach, and it is always possible that those hopes will be fulfilled and the concerns alleviated.

All Bret Bielema has to do to accomplish both is win.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices