National, regional, local media all tore into Arkansas on Monday

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At this point, who isn’t busting Arkansas’ chops?

Boy, was Monday a rough day in Arkansas.

Anyone with an opinion let the Razorbacks and/or coach Bret Bielema have it. National media. Regional media. Even the otherwise always-donning-rose-colored-glasses folks in the local media.

The program was called a “Dumpster fire.” Bielema was said to have the hottest seat in the nation. I wrote, albeit Saturday, the thing should probably be burned down. Even randos out in the wild are changing Bielema’s Wikipedia page for jokes out of frustration.

None of it ultimately means anything. You know the old chestnut about opinions and what they’re like. The only people who matter when it comes to how much longer this particular Arkansas regime will remain in charge are athletic director Jeff Long or chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz.

It’s possible the decision has already been made and we are all just waiting. Unlikely, of course. But, in the meantime, all any of us can do is sit, wait and prep our next batch of flaming hot takes.

Bret Bielema was a good hire at the time, believe it or not. Now? Nah

Anyone who says otherwise is lying. When Long hired Bielema, the man was coming off three straight Rose Bowl appearances. He, while at Wisconsin, beat a pretty dadgum good Arkansas team in the Capital One Bowl, too. Don’t let current grievances blind you to reality.

Now, that being said, it has not worked the last year and a half. It has gone badly.

Our Trent Shadid took a levelheaded and numbers-based look at it all. Bielema is a good coach. Or was not that long ago. Odds are slim that he suddenly became terrible. But this season? Definitely edging toward “terrible.”

Why? Who knows? Not sure it even matters. You come up with any explanation you like and it’s a good bet that’s part of the reason. It hasn’t exactly come out of nowhere. Should have seen it coming before last season and definitely before this one. Just don’t pretend you saw this coming five years ago.

To play Austin Allen or not

Bielema and offensive coordinator Dan Enos took great care not to state precisely what was ailing starting quarterback Austin Allen during their media availability Monday.

Allen was removed from the game early in the fourth quarter of Arkansas’ 48-22 loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Bielema said on Monday that Allen is day to day, though he still was atop the depth chart that was released Monday morning. If Allen doesn’t start, the job would go to redshirt freshman Cole Kelley.

The only thing we do know is that Allen’s injury isn’t to his head. The question remains whether Allen should even give it a whirl this weekend. He has taken an absolute beating behind a porous offensive line over the last 17 games. That’s why he is hurt in the first place. Is there any reason to believe an offensive line that struggled to block New Mexico State is going to suddenly block Alabama on Saturday?

Still, Allen is a senior. And Bielema is coaching for his job. They’re gamers. They probably both want the same thing. As to whether Allen will play, we probably won’t find that out until game time Saturday in Tuscaloosa.


Tweets and the like

• What’s maybe worst about Arkansas lately is that the team makes average teams and players look good. For example …

• Benintendi popped his second career postseason home run Monday in the loss. He won’t be AL Rookie of the Year because of Aaron Judge. But a .271 average, 20 HRs, 90 RBI this season is not half bad for a first full one.

• It doesn’t appear that Arkansas defensive end McTelvin Agim is going to be punting the rest of this season.

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