FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said last week he received a letter from Bret Bielema last September, commending him on the way he handled the Bobby Petrino scandal. It sounded curious. Especially with what we know now - Bielema was named Arkansas' coach last week.

Arkansas has released the hand-written note after a Freedom of Information request.

There's no date on the letter that was released. But here it is below:


Just wanted to say that this note is long past due. As I watched your press conference this past spring I wanted to reach out and say how much I respected your actions but more importantly your words. As a head coach I know that my comments are looked at in every way possible. Here at UW I have a great AD because he is a man of his word and asks the same for all of us. Best wishes moving forward and stay strong. It was the right call!

Best wishes,


P.S. One thing I have learned through my time here at UW is that today’s society wants to win them all, but as Coaches and Administrators we need to balance the Big Picture for all our student athletes!