UA Officially Names Bret Bielema of Wisconsin As New Razorbacks Football Coach

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 6:21 pm  

Bret Bielema (Photo by UW-Madison, University Communications)

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas has hired Bret Bielema from Wisconsin to become the Razorbacks new football coach, the University of Arkansas has confirmed.

Bielema, who has a 68-24 record with three BCS bowl berths in seven seasons with the Badgers, will be named at a UA news release scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Broyles Center in Fayetteville.

The university said it will live-stream the news conference on its website.

He will sign a multi-year contract with the Razorbacks that sources indicate is worth $3.2 million annually for five years. That figure will easily make him the top-paid state employee in Arkansas.

Arkansas has been looking for a full-time replacement for Bobby Petrino since April. John L. Smith was hired on an interim basis and the Razorbacks were 4-8.

Wisconsin was 8-5 this season. Bielema was making $2.59 million with the Badgers.

More on Bielema's contract details here, including the letter to Bielema from the university.

The full news release from the University of Arkansas is posted below.

Full News Release


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bret Bielema, who led Wisconsin to three straight Rose Bowls by winning each of the last three Big Ten titles, was named the 32nd head football coach in Arkansas history Tuesday, it was announced by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.

“Bret Bielema is an exceptional leader of young men and an outstanding football coach who has proven his program is centered on establishing an unshakable foundation that emphasizes the development of each student-athlete as an individual,” Long said. “Coach Bielema has led his team to a historic run of championships while seeing a record number of student-athletes recognized for academic achievement. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to competing for a national championship with a program known for discipline, honesty and integrity. His tough, aggressive style of play has been successful and will be appealing to student-athletes and Razorback fans. He not only shares the vision and values for the future of Arkansas football, he embraces them.”



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