Arkansas’ Bret Bielema posed as history teacher when he first met his wife

Bret Bielema is one of the most entertaining head coaches in college football.

Perhaps it is that charm that helped him outkick his coverage to land his wife, Jen, or perhaps it was a little white lie the Arkansas Razorbacks coach made when the couple first crossed paths.

During a radio appearance with Clay Travis of Fox Sports on Wednesday, Bielema revealed the hilarious story of the first time they met.

Bielema was working at Wisconsin at the time when he met Jen in a Las Vegas bar. (Come on, you didn’t expect the story to start any differently, did you?) Rather than telling Jen he was a football coach, he went with a less threatening occupation: history teacher.

“I was with some guys with Wisconsin, one of them might have had a (Wisconsin) shirt on,” Bielema said. “I didn’t, I told her I was an MBA history professor. My MO back in the day was, before I got too well known, I always went back as a history professor. Usually you don’t talk to a lot of history professors, you know?”

Smooth, Bret.

And if anyone ever second-guessed his claim, he had a backup plan.

“If anybody ever caught me off-guard and asked me what I studied or what I was a history professor in, I went with European religions, because I don’t know anybody really knows what that means,” he said.

This little insight reveals a lot about Bret Bielema. He’s not only a very quotable coach, he’s got some serious game off the field.

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  • Josh SanchezCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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