Bret Bielema fired within an hour of Arkansas' season-ending loss

Paola Ditto
Novembre 25, 2017

"I definitely want to coach again", Bielema said. He was 29-34 overall and 11-29 in the SEC in his five seasons in Fayetteville. Happened to me in high school, but now I'm prepared for it and we will see how it goes.

Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks on the sidelines during a game against the New Mexico State Aggies at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 30, 2017.

Bielema's firing had been expected for the last several weeks and became all but certain after UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz fired Athletic Director Jeff Long on November 15. Cromer Peoples is serving in an interim role after former athletic director Jeff Long was sacked two weeks ago.

Bielema's buyout is expected to be close to $6 million. He replaced John L. Smith, who coached the Razorbacks in 2012 after Bobby Petrino was sacked that summer. They ended the season with devastating back-to-back losses to Missouri and Virginia Tech, though, to end the season 7-6 - with both losses coming after Arkansas built large first-half leads. The Missouri offense has become one of the best in the nation as the Tigers have rebounded from a 1-5 start to win five-straight games and get bowl eligible.

Two teams headed in opposite directions square off Friday, when red-hot Missouri visits Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference clash.

Bielema's best record was 8-5 in 2015 with a third-place finish in the rugged SEC West at 5-3.

"Thank you @BretBielema for believing in me and being a truly special coach and leader of men", Arkansas senior quarterback Austin Allen posted on Twitter.

Bielema won the Big Ten three times as coach at Wisconsin. Malzahn grew up in Arkansas and was the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator in 2006.

Top running back Rawleigh Williams, who was second in the SEC in rushing in 2016, suffered a career-ending neck injury during the spring.

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