Bret Bielema hired as Razorbacks head coach

Published On: Dec 04 2012 11:33:28 AM HST   Updated On: Dec 04 2012 12:41:51 PM HST

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas.
Bielema will sign a multi-year contract soon, according to the person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet made an official announcement.
The move was the second stunning hire at Arkansas, which brought in John L. Smith after firing Bobby Petrino earlier this year after a scandal in which Petrino hired his mistress to work in the football department.
Arkansas was 21-5 the last two seasons, but went 4-8 this season under Smith. Athletic director Jeff Long announced after the season that Smith would not return.

Bielema has coached the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team since 2006. Bielema was 68-24 in seven seasons at Wisconsin, including an 8-5 mark this season.

He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2006 and has won three championship titles in the Big Ten Conference.

He played defensive lineman at the University of Iowa.

Arkansas hires Bret Bielema from Wisconsin


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