PHOTOS & QUOTES: Bret Bielema introduced as new Arkansas head football coach

New Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema and his wife, Jen, were introduced in front of hundreds of media and fans during a news conference inside the Broyles Athletic Complex at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

Photos by Todd Gill, Flyer staff

He is a coach who has won the right way both on and off the field, simply put. He is a coach that deeply values his relationships with his student-athletes, and that means a great deal to me. — Jeff Long

I am very proud to be the athletic director of the University of Arkansas as we officially introduce the 32nd head football coach of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, Bret Bielema.

I’m not a hat guy. I will wear it during practice, but that’s about the only time I wear a hat. As you can see, I have a lot to improve in the looks department. — Bret Bielema

You know, I really didn’t get into coaching in kind of a normal way. I grew up, ironically, on a pig farm.

I grew up in an environment where really all I thought I was going to do was stay on the farm and help my dad carry on the traditions that he taught me from the age of four moving forward. When I left the farm, I cried like crazy because it was all I knew.

I’m glad I was raised that way. The one thing I’ve learned in this life in every job that I’ve had, every role that I’ve taken, every responsibility that I’ve gathered, is that it truly is up to you to put in the work and to put in the time to do it right the first time so you won’t have to go back and do it again. I only would’ve learned that through my days growing up on the farm.

To the fan base and the alumni, I can tell you from this day forward we will do everything as players and coaches to try and give you every win that you deserve. We will take it one game at a time and I am not going to promise anything, but I will tell you I am here and I want to give you something you have never had.

Last March I got married. I waited until 42 years of life to enter into that world I’m only about seven or eight months into it, so it’s only going to get better.

Jen, I think we gotta call the Hogs.