Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/6/12
Why leave Wisconsin, where you’ve gone to three straight Rose Bowls and are the reigning Big 10 champion, for a 4-8 program as Arkansas was in 2012? Bret Bielema, the new head football coach at Arkansas. (Credit: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images North America via Zimbio) Think of it this way: You’re Bret Bielema. You’re forty-two years old, younger than most head college football coaches. You got your first head coaching job at 36, when many coaches are still struggling through assistant coordinator positions. You started at Wisconsin, handpicked by your mentor Barry Alvarez, the greatest coach in Wisconsin history. You know Wisconsin is going to fire you at the first sign of trouble, so why not leave before you end up damaged goods? They say you can’t succeed at Arkansas, because you’re from Big 10 country? Because you’ve never recruited the area? Because you’re not an SEC guy? You check Wikipedia to try to find an “SEC guy.” Yeah, there’s Will Muschamp, and the Ole Ball Coach, and your new buddy
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