"Parents and people who love these young men have the right to get information from us and from the doctors," Bielema told reporters. "Austin Tate had the injury on Wednesday night but the surgery wasn't until Thursday. I grabbed him before the surgery and said we want make sure we release this right way because he's got an NFL opportunity. We don't want misinformation out there. I want everyone to understand that it's to the same shoulder (as a previous injury) but it's a completely different, fixable injury. He'll come back and be one hundred percent healthy."
Friday night, however, former Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton, now a receivers coach at Auburn, tweeted an encouraging message to Tate wishing him well in recovering from the surgery. When Arkansas tight end Jeremy Sprinkle spoke with the media after Friday's practice he was asked about Horton's tweet. Sprinkle confirmed Tate's injury.
Bielema indicated that Sprinkle didn't realize he wasn't supposed to mention the injury and he was not in trouble for his gaffe. However, Bielema revealed that he called Horton about the tweet.
"I go over in detail (with) our players, our coaches, our media in-house, (on) how we release information," Bielema explained. "I forgot to review this with the Auburn staff. I did call coach Horton and he called me back. We spoke about eleven o'clock last night. I just expressed that we'd like to handle our injuries in-house. I know he's got a relationship (with a lot of Arkansas' players) and that's all great but I don't think we'll have that problem moving forward. I appreciate their support and we'll see them later this year."
Asked for Horton's response Bielema told reporters, "You can ask him."