Bielema finds himself down in the SEC mud
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Bielema finds himself down in the SEC mud

Arkansas coach abandoned his Big Ten roots as a player and coach

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Long before Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema made his fame and fortune in football – his $4 million-a-year salary is in the upper half of SEC coaches — he grew up on a pig farm in the small town of Prophetstown, Ill.

He played at Iowa, but since his major was marketing, maybe that’s why the Razorbacks’ Chief Hawg apparently has been unaware all these years of George Bernard Shaw’s wisdom on pigs: ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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