Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long had his first official contact with head coaching candidate Bret Bielema on Dec. 3, but...
Bielema might have popped up on the radar back in September. He reached out to Long with a hand-written note, praising the Arkansas administrator for his handling of the Bobby Petrino firing.
Here's the note:
Just wanted to say that this note is long past due. As I watched your press conference this past spring I wanted to reach out and say how much I respected your actions but more importantly your words. As a head coach I know that my comments are looked at in every way possible. Here at UW I have a great AD because he is a man of his word and asks the same for all of us. Best wishes moving forward and stay strong. It was the right call!
P.S. One thing I have learned through my time at UW is that today’s society wants to win them all, but as Coaches and Administrators we need to balance the Big Picture for all our student-athletes!
Clearly, the note made an impression on Long. He mentioned it last week following the press conference to announce Bielema as the Razorbacks' new coach.