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SEC Media Days: Coaches tussle over safety of fast-paced offenses


HOOVER, Alabama — When Gus Malzahn first heard that some coaches believed his hurry-up, no-huddle offense was unsafe for players, he thought it was sarcasm.

“To be honest with you, I thought it was a joke,” he said.

When that comment was relayed to new Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, things got interesting in a hurry.

Raising his voice and speaking forcefully, Bielema said he was convinced that forcing players to remain on the field for multiple snaps without rest increasing the risk of serious injury.

“The personal safety of my players is paramount,” Bielema said. “It’s not a joke to me.”

Auburn’s first-year coach has built his career upon the hurry-up offense, beginning as an innovative high school coach in Arkansas.

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SEC Media Days: Ole Miss avoiding expectations game

HOOVER, Alabama — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he always tells his players, “Unrealistic expectations always produce frustration.”

His players representing the Rebels at SEC Media Days on Tuesday seemed to stick resolutely to that message.

“I don’t care in what area of life that you’re in, if you have an unreal expectation and it does not come to pass, you get very frustrated,” Freeze said.

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