- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Arkansas junior defensive end Austin Flynn was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Tuesday morning.
The former junior college transfer became the first Razorbacks player arrested since the hiring of new coach Bret Bielema after Fayetteville police said he was speeding and then crossed the center line. The police report stated that Flynn's blood-alcohol level was 0.14 percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit.
There was no immediate comment from Arkansas on the incident, but this certainly isn't the kind of first impression Flynn wants to make with his new coach. This is the time in which a new coach and his staff are trying to feel players out. They're looking for the reliable ones, the ones who will need some work transitioning to a new staff and the ones who won't cut it under new management.
Doing something dangerous like this isn't exactly the way to impress your new coaches, but it has given Flynn a one-way ticket into Bielema's doghouse. This isn't something Bielema should take lightly and while all the facts still have to be given to Bielema, this could be a chance for the new man in charge to send a strong message to his new team.