Bret Bielema brought hope to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program after the unexpected-though-it-probably-shouldn't-have-been fall of former Head Coach Bobby Petrino.
From what Arkansas fans knew of him, he was a nice, friendly, teddy bear of a guy with a love for his players and a will to win.
Hog Callers weren't fooling themselves when Athletic Director Jeff Long announced him as a replacement. They knew that he was entering one of the toughest conferences in college football with only a decent resume from the University of Wisconsin (68 wins, 24 losses) to prepare him for the position.
Still, there was something exemplary about this man's character and affability after the character-crashing fall of Petrino.
Most Razorback fans were cautiously optimistic going into his first season and were prepared to handle some bumps along the way.
And bumps are exactly what they did experience in that 2013 season.
Bret Bielema finished 3-9 overall with a 0-8 conference record. Then 2014 came and things got a little better.
The Hogs scrapped their way through a 13-game run, finishing 7-6 with a 31-7 win over former Southwestern Conference (SWC) rivals, the Texas Longhorns.
Symbolically, it was a moment of hope and momentum that had many predicting Arkansas to be the dark horse frontrunners of the SEC Western Division.
Following some preseason turmoil, however, in which the Razorbacks lost running back Jonathan Williams due to injury and saw tight end C.J. O'Grady arrested for DWI, there started to appear a few chinks in the armor.
The Hogs have yet to emerge with anything positive outside of a 24-20 win over the Tennessee Volunteers.