The renewal of the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry, while great for college football fans, meant the previously scheduled home-and-home between Michigan and Arkansas had to be canceled. 

Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema has been traveling over the past week so SEC Media Days provided the first opportunity to talk about the cancelation. When he was asked in the main media room, Bielema delivered with an entertaining story.

"I was in Europe with my wife. We were on a train headed to Paris," Bielema said. "It's ironic for me to say that in every words. My wife said, Hey, there's something about -- on the Internet about a Big Ten team canceling with an SEC team. I said, I don't know anything about it. She said, 'Really?' Your picture's right here. She's real quick."

Bielema handled the topic gracefully. There were no jabs at the Big Ten or Jim Harbaugh. Instead he said he understood and hopes to have more Power 5 matchups on future schedules.

"And so I read the article and realize we've been canceled. And, you know, a lot goes into it. I get it. I understand how the SEC -- I'm sorry, the Michigan-Notre Dame thing sounds sexy to everybody else, but I think Michigan and Arkansas sounds sexy. I was very excited about Big Ten versus SEC. I made a comment in the spring I'd love to see an SEC challenge at the front end. My commish gave me a push back, said that's called a bowl game."

You can see his entire answer on Michigan in the video above.

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