Beilema to be speaker at Razorback Club banquet

Thursday, January 24, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE -- Newly named University of Arkansas football head coach Bret Bielema will address the Mississippi County Razorback Club at the Manila Airport Center Monday, Feb. 25.

University of Arkansas head football coach, Bret Bielema, will speak at the Razorback Club banquet to be held in Manila Feb. 25.

Sponsored by John Ed Regenold and the Armorel Planting Company, the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet scheduled around 6:00 that night.

The menu will include barbecue pork loin, ribs, barbecue chicken and all the trimmings.

Tickets to attend the banquet are $20 each. In addition, memberships are $15 per person or $25 for a joint membership. One hundred percent of membership fees are used to support Razorback athletics and help the local club procure the head coaches for the annual banquet.

The club will be auctioning off all seven home football game tickets, including South Carolina and Texas A&M, and autographed Razorback items. Basketball tickets will not be available because the schedule is not yet finalized. When the schedule becomes known, members of the Mississippi County Razorback Club interested in purchasing home game basketball tickets will need to contact Mike Huffman or Ray Benson.

For tickets and membership information, contact a Mississippi County Razorback Club board member. They include: Mike Huffman, Ben Hubbard, John Logan, Mark Moseley, Bill Jackson and Mark Bryles in Blytheville; Godfrey White, Ralph Wilson, Jr., Reggie Cullom and Harry Wooten in Osceola; Tim Sullivan and George Hale in Burdette; and Rodney Robertson, Ray Benson and Shaun Perkins in Manila/Leachville.

The Manila Airport Center can only accommodate up to 500 fans, so get your tickets early.

Coach Bielema will discuss his decision to lead the Arkansas program, spring practice and the upcoming season. Prior to his presentation, Coach Bielema will sign autographs for those in attendance. Arkansas will open spring practice March 10 and will play its first Red-White Game under Coach Bielema April 20. The Razorbacks begin the 2013 season Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Lafayette in Fayetteville. This upcoming season, Arkansas will host seven in-state games, including conference matchups with Texas A&M, South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State.

On Dec. 4, 2012, Coach Bielema was named the 32nd head coach of the Razorbacks. He came to Arkansas after leading Wisconsin to three straight Rose Bowls by winning the last three Big Ten championships. Coach Bielema brings a 68-24 (.739) career record as a head coach, the ninth-highest winning percentage among active coaches in the NCAA with at least five years of experience, built behind a strong offense, stifling defense and all-around disciplined play. He is one of 12 active head coaches and 16 overall to have led a team to at least three BCS games. His 40 wins over the last four seasons are tied for the most of any four-year stretch in Wisconsin history.

During his introductory press conference, Coach Bielema announced he wanted to hire a staff second to none in the country. He has assembled a staff of coaches who have combined to win 26 conference titles, earn 13 BCS appearances and produce nearly 200 all-conference players in their careers.

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