September 1, 2014

Reports say Arkansas to hire Bielema (update)

Bret Bielema celebrates Big Ten title

Various news agencies are reporting that Wisconsin Badger football coach Bret Bielema, just days after leading the Badgers to the Big Ten title, has accepted the vacant coaching position at Arkansas.

Arkansas is expected to officially announce Bielema’s hiring sometime today.

Bielema went 68-24 in his seven seasons with the Badgers, including an 8-5 mark this season.

Wisconsin has yet to make any announcement regarding the move and won’t likely do so until Arkansas first announces the hiring.  Then, the Badgers will have to decide if they want Bielema to coach the team in next month’s Rose Bowl game against the Stanford Cardinal.

Arkansas is looking to re-stabilize their football program after the controversial firing of former coach Bobby Petrino this past April.  The Razorbacks went 4-8 this season under John L. Smith.