Fayetteville, AR — Arkansas Razorback football head coach Bret Bielema today announced his plans to coach this Friday’s LSU game in Baton Rouge dressed as Santa Claus.
Arkansas enters the last game of the season with a 3-8 record and 25 point underdogs to the LSU Tigers. The #17 Tigers at 8-3 are out of reach for a BCS game and will play for bowl position against Arkansas.
“We really have nothing left to lose on the season, so we wanted to make this last game as fun as possible and give back to the community,” Bielema tells us. “Most of these kids playing for LSU have never been able to experience a college Christmas because they are always too busy preparing for a bowl game. We want to share some of the spirit that our team will have over the holiday season. I already let the players hang their stockings around Razorback Stadium for instance.”
Bielema says that following the game he will set up at midfield and let the LSU players sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. Shortly after he will pull the Golden Boot out of an oversized red bag to give to LSU Coach Les Miles.
“Coach Miles told me at SEC Media days that he never had a Christmas present before,” Bielema continues. “He was always on the naughty list around this time growing up, and his family gave him a stocking full of grass clippings.”
In addition to Bielema’s Santa outfit, star RB Alex Collins says he plans to wear a red nose and put antlers in the ear holes of his helmet during the game. Coach Miles meanwhile will continue his Christmas tradition of dressing as the grinch.