Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has issues with Auburn’s game film

Graham Watson

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is already fueling controversy for this weekend’s game between the Razorbacks and Auburn.

Bielema said during his weekly press conference Monday that Auburn did not include a wide-angle view of the Tigers’ 2-point conversion formation.

"There are just some clips that haven't -- shall we say, the TV copy doesn't match the film copy," Bielema said Monday. "And it's something we have kind of been aware of now for the last week and half in getting our preparation. So we can use other film and stuff like that to make sure we are getting the full picture."

While Bielema was perhaps trying to get Auburn in trouble for its video sharing procedures, he might have inadvertently put himself in hot water.

According to, the SEC frowns on public comments regarding film sharing.

The SEC office considers any discussions concerning film discrepancies confidential and will not comment publicly, but the SEC did not have a major issue with the film discrepancy, according to a source.

It also appears Bielema broke an SEC rule regarding film exchange. "If teams believe violations of the video exchange policies have occurred, it should be reported immediately to the SEC supervisor of officials and not be discussed in the media," according to the rule in the SEC's bylaws.

Bielema, who brought up issues about the game film without prompting, said he learned the play was missing after watching the television game film and comparing it with what he had received from Auburn.

"So, if I hadn't watched the TV copy, or if our guys hadn't had a the time to go back and review, we would have never known that to happen," Bielema said. "I'm sure it's a glitch. I'm know Gus [Malzahn] stands for everything that's right and (has) great faith in doing things right. So I'm sure it's just a glitch that they'll get to the bottom of."

Of course, this isn't the first time Bielema and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn have had a disagreement. Earlier this summer, Bielema noted he wasn't a fan of no-huddle offenses and proposed a rule change that mandated a 15-second substitution period following first downs. Malzahn fired back: “I'd say that's probably more of an in-shape issue than anything else."

- - - - - - -

Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter!