Razorback fans react to coach's press conference

    10:57 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - After getting a chance to finally hear from Bret Bielema on Wednesday, Razorbacks fans had plenty to say.

    THV 11 News stopped by the Town Pump in Little Rock and found an overall positive vibe about the press conference in Fayetteville. A nearby radio station also offered a glimpmse into what fans had to say.

    "I watched the press conference. I watched it. He's a good guy," said a caller that was one of many callers Wednesday evening, chiming into "Drive Time" on the Buzz.

    "I am so pumped for the Arkansas Razorbacks right now. I can't wait until September," the same caller said.

    He was excited about new football coach Bret Bielema, who held his first press conference Wednesday, but another caller was not quite ready to call this hire a "win."
    "I was just calling to see if there were any concerns. If you all had any concerns with this hire," another caller said.

    "Has he built a program? That would be the only question," Host Marcus Elliot said. "I think Arkansas is in a rebuilding mode so that would be the only question or concern if I had one."

    Not far away at the Town Pump, folks in person told us that Wednesday brought some needed comfort since no one really knew Bielema had a shot at this job.

    "I felt sincerity in what he was saying," Fan Jennifer Potter said. "I think when he talked about sharing similar goals and missions and wanting the same things that (Athletic Director) Jeff Long wants for the Razorback football team, that he truly felt what he was saying and that it wasn't like he was just using this as some sort of stepping stone to go somewhere else."

    "The most important thing is how we would bring them out from underdogs and bring them to possibilities," Fan Kim Brookshire said.

    They are possibilities to talk about now among friends over a beer or over the radio.

    THV 11's Max Seigle also spoke with two women at the Town Pump from Wisconsin who now live in Little Rock. They wouldn't go on camera but were not happy with the news. They felt it's a big loss for their home state.

    Marcus Elliot, with The Buzz, played for the Razorbacks back in the 80's. He told THV 11 News that he went through a coaching change on the team in "his day" and feels today's players are likely feeling anxious and excited to learn more about their new leader.


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