Found December 04, 2012 on
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Well, the city of Madison is stunned today to say the least, as Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde broke the news that Bret Bielema will be introduced as the next head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks and sources confirmed this information to our fellow Bloguin brothers at MadTown Badgers. All those associated with the program have reacted with one word and one word only - STUNNED.
To say this came about fast is an understatement. Less than 24 hours there weren't even rumors of this hire happening. In talking to The Big 1070 the voice of the Badgers, Mike Lucas, stated that this had to be about money because of the timing of making this decision. Bielema made $2.5 million as the Badgers head coach this past year and according to reports the Arkansas offer was at least $4.5 million.
Of course, who wouldn't be enticed by $2 million more a year, right? After all, it's all about the benjamin's baby! The move hasn't been made official by Wisconsin or Arkansas because of an apparent hang up on Bielema coaching in the Rose Bowl or not.
It's hard to see how Bielema coaches the Rose Bowl in this situation as players and assistants have to feel a sense of shock and betrayl after winning the Big Ten championship game for the second straight year and the third straight Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin joins Purdue as the teams in the Big Ten with coaching vacanceys and Butch Jones has been a name rumored already for both jobs. Other names thought to be possibilities for the Badgers are Pitt head coach Paul Chryst, NC State head coach Dave Doeren, Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones, and current Seahawks and former Badger QB Darrell Bevell.
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Bret Bielema may have coached his final football game at Wisconsin.Two sources close to the UW program confirmed Bielema has agreed to become the next head coach at Arkansas."It's a done deal," one source said, adding the move surprised many athletic department officials.According to a source, Bielema is expected to sign a contract that will pay him more than $4 million...
Reports out of Arkansas and Pat Forde’s Twitter feed are that Bret Bielema is leaving Wisconsin to become the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. I can confirm that any and all steak places, as well as the Catfish Hole in Fayetteville will not be safe, and the SEC could have it’s first head coach with full-n meat sweats on the sideline since Vandy fired Woody Widenhofer...
When something important happens regarding the Arkansas Razorbacks, you can almost guarantee that Liz Honey is going to chime in with a YouTube video. You would think she could afford a better webcam at this point with her growing popularity.This time she steps up with her own rendition of The Monkees song “I’m a Believer,” and tailors it to fit the Bret Bielema hiring. I’m...
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Asked about how he feels seeing Ohio State and Penn State go through various troubles with the NCAA at a time when other programs around the country were wrestling with some other problems, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema replied "It's a good day to be a Badger."
Those days, apparently, are over. Bielema has been hired away from Wisconsin to be the head coach...
Bret Bielema was Barry Alvarez’ hand-picked successor when he stepped down at Wisconsin following the 2005 season. Seven years later, Bielema is leaving the Badgers for the SEC’s Arkansas Razorbacks.
This is a bit of a shocker, and the biggest surprise of the college football coaching carousel season.
Bielema went 68-24 over those seven years, and led the Badgers to three straight...
Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema is headed to the SEC to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Wisconsin is returning to the Rose Bowl for the third straight year after going only 8-5 in the regular season. The Badgers won the B1G Championship this year despite placing third in their division. Wisconsin played in the B1G Championship game because both Penn State and Ohio State are ineligible...
Marshawn Powell is spectacular with 33 points, six rebounds and five assists and BJ Young has 10 points, a career-high eight assists and the go-ahead basket with 15 seconds left as Arkansas downs Oklahoma 81-78 Tuesday night before 9,501 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
Marshawn Powell's 33 points, six rebounds and five assists lead Arkansas over Oklahoma 81-78 Tuesday night before 9,051 fans at Bud Walton Arena.