Are college sports and academics good bedfellows? Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has an opinion

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College sports and academics don’t mix?

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen suggested as much in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema chipped in with his thoughts on the subject during media availability Wednesday. Let’s just say Bielema doesn’t quite agree with Rosen in that regard.

One of the best 30 in the country in this …

This is familiar territory for Arkansas. In yet another category, the Razorbacks are ranked in the nation’s top 30. Nice, right? But, like in recruiting, they’re top 30 in the country but middle of the pack, or lower, in the SEC. That’s where Athlon Sports ranks the Arkansas offensive line, anyway. Honestly, that seems about right.

… And one of the best 32 in the country in this

CBS Sports ranked every FBS team in the country in a piece earlier this week. It isn’t based off polls or anything like that. More of a power poll of sorts. Arkansas slots in at No. 32 in the preseason. Based simply off the poll, the Razorbacks would be expected to go 8-4 this season. Arkansas is ranked higher than eight of its opponents and lower than four of them.

Speaking of that O-line

Colton Jackson is the only new starter on the Arkansas offensive front in 2017. But that’s a bit of a mislabeling. Jackson began last season on the first team, so he has some experience. He also lost that job and took his fair share of the blame when the entire unit struggled. But for Jackson, 2017 is ‘new year, new me.’

Back at full speed

Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw hasn’t been full go in a Razorbacks uniform since last October. That’s when he was lost for the 2016 season with a broken foot. His injury played a role in the Arkansas defense’s struggles, too, and everyone knows it. Well, now, finally, 10 months later, the junior is ready to give it everything he has.

Bret Bielema nothing if not firm

The Arkansas head man is a lot of things. He is not, however, indecisive. Bielema has, in the past, made no secret of his — uh, let’s call it indifference — toward the “hat selection” presentation used by some recruits in announcing their commitments. Bielema wants firm and direct. No games. He reiterated that point recently, too, when he talked about his Class of 2018 and how he expects nearly all of them to roll in by December.

Tweets and the like

Bielema had a special guest at his presser Wednesday. The assembled media met daughter Briella.

Your preseason top-25 Arkansas soccer team looks like it had a good Wednesday night. Good eats, anyway.

Bonus points to the person who comes up with the best one-liner on this bad boy.

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