Bret Bielema has a problem with Auburn's game film
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says that Auburn isn’t playing fair when it comes to game tape.
“There are just some clips that haven’t — shall we say, the TV copy doesn’t match the film copy,” Bielema told reporters 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.”
The missing clips Bielema is referring to involve Auburn’s “swinging gate” formation used on extra points. The Tigers used the formation on extra points to convert two-point conversions early in the season.
Bielema said the Arkansas staff was not aware of the formation until it compared TV and game footage.
“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 know Gus 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.”
Bielema brought up the matter unprompted by reporters, and, as an al.com report pointed out, he appears to have violated an SEC rule by doing so.
“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.
This isn’t Bielema’s first issue involving game film. Last season at Wisconsin, he refused to share film with Oregon State because the Beavers’ film of their season opener was lost due to a hurricane.
For its part, the SEC office considers any discussions concerning film discrepancies confidential and will not comment publicly, but a league source told al.com that it did not have a major issue with the film discrepancy.