FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Bret Bielema's week didn't get off to the best start Monday.
First, it appears his war of words with Auburn is alive and well.
The Arkansas coach's latest issue with the Tigers' coaching staff came as a result of game video Auburn shared with the Razorbacks, footage Bielema said painted a less-than-complete picture of the Tigers' plays.
"There are just some clips that haven't, shall we say, the TV copy doesn't match the film copy," Bielema said.
Then, Bielema and his staff had to come to grips with the lost commitment of a high-profile recruit after Rockaway (N.J.) Lackawanna College offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor changed his mind and dumped Arkansas in favor of Texas A&M. According to ESPN.com, it is the third school to which Eluemunor has committed after first opting for UCLA (June 9) and then Arkansas (July 26).
"I have decided to flip my commitment to the Aggies for more than one reason," Eluemunor, a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder, Tweeted on Monday. "It felt like home and I like where the program is headed."
Chris Hauser, the Razorbacks director of football recruiting who followed Bielema to Fayetteville from the University of Wisconsin, took to Twitter to react to the development. He questioned why an offensive lineman would shun Arkansas and Bielema's system for a spread offense, Tweeting: "Why NFL doesn't draft spread offense O-Lineman!!!! Might want to think about this before u play ur college career in a spread offense."
Later, Eluemunor spoke out via Twitter to the negative reaction from Razorbacks fans about his decision to switch his commitment.
"Arkansas fans move on damn!" he Tweeted. "I would not recommend anyone going there after the tweets I have received from mad fans smh death wishes really?"
The recruiting drama came on the same day as Bielema made public his beef with Auburn.
Bielema said he filed a complaint with the Southeastern Conference -- the most recent in a series of run-ins with Auburn for the first-year Arkansas coach, dating back to back-and-forth banter between he and Tigers coach Gus Malzahn during the summer.
The video issue adds an additional layer of intrigue to Saturday's game between the struggling Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4 SEC) and No. 8 Auburn, a game in which Arkansas welcomes home its former offensive coordinator and native son, Malzahn.
The Tigers (7-1, 3-1) have experienced immediate success in their first season under the former Arkansas State coach who also served as the offensive coordinator at Auburn during its national championship season in 2010.
The latest bit of success for the Tigers was last week's 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic, a game Bielema watched a television copy of while Arkansas had its first bye week of the season.
It was while comparing the television copy of the game and the video Auburn sent that Bielema found a difference.
"On the TV copy, they have a swinging gate at the beginning of the play, which obviously happened," Bielema said. "It was on the TV copy. And when we got the video copy from them today, that exact same play doesn't show any of the gate.
"... So, if I hadn't watched the TV copy, or if our guys hadn't had the time to go back and review, we would have never known that to happen."
During SEC media days in July, Bielema had his first run-in with Malzahn after the Auburn coach said he thought Bielema's concerns for player safety in a no-huddle, hurry-up system were "a joke."
"I'm not a comedian," Bielema responded.
The Malzahn-Bielema exchange was followed by another bit of public banter between the Arkansas coach and another Auburn coach in August following an injury to Arkansas tight end Austin Tate.
Following Tate's injury, Tigers assistant coach Tim Horton — previously an assistant at Arkansas — tweeted his well-wishes to the tight end for a speedy recovery. His tweet, however, came a day before Bielema planned to release news of the injury — leading to a phone conversation between the two.
"I go over in detail our players, our coaches, our media in-house and, of course, he we release information," Bielema said at the time. "I forgot to review this with the Auburn staff."
Bielema's complaint about the lacking video on Monday overshadowed what's been a difficult first season for the former Badgers coach with the Razorbacks. Arkansas enters the game against the Tigers having lost five straight games, the longest losing streak of Bielema's career as a head coach.
While the Razorbacks have struggled in their first year with a new coach, Auburn's fortunes have quickly turned under Malzahn following last season's 3-9 record.
Malzahn's quick success has led to increased scrutiny of Bielema at home because of Malzahn's ties to Arkansas as a former assistant coach and long-time high school coach there.
Monday's video complaint just adds another subplot to the relationship between the two head coaches, as well as Saturday's game.
"I'm sure it's a glitch," Bielema said. "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."