Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has been rumored to be on the hot seat entering the 2017.
The Razorbacks have consistently been an underwhelming program, failing to win more than eight games in five seasons under Bielema. The year prior to his arrival, the program had an 11-win season.
But while there has been some buzz that Bielema needs a strong season to keep his job, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long provided a vote of confidence.
“Bret is the leader of our program,” Long said, via Jason Kersey of SEC Country. “The leader is more than just winning games – and I know some fans don’t wanna hear that. Trust me, it doesn’t mean we aren’t competing with every fiber of our being to win in the toughest conference and the toughest division of that conference. But when you look at what Bret’s doing, we’re building a program that’s built on an outstanding foundation.
“There’s gonna be nothing more special than when a Bret Bielema team wins an SEC championship, plays in that final four, because you know what? He’s done it the right way.”
During his time at Arkansas, Bielema has an overall record of 25-26.
While he has a vote of confidence entering the season, that could all change in the blink of an eye. After all, there are few jobs more cutthroat than in the coaching world.