From Big 10 to SEC
Officials announced Tuesday night that the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers would assume the position of the Razorback head coach, ending an eight-month coaching search.
Bret Bielema led the Badgers to three consecutive appearances at the Rose Bowl including this year against the Stanford Cardinals.
The Badgers lost to the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in 2011 and to the Oregon Ducks in 2012. Bielema will not coach the Badgers Jan. 1, according to an article on SB Nation.
Athletic Director Jeff Long single-handedly conducted the coaching search, and though Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Boise State’s Chris Petersen were rumored to finalists for the position, the 5-year contract was given to Bielema.
“Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to competing for a national championship with a program known for discipline, honesty and integrity,” Long said in the official release.
While at Wisconsin, Bielema had a coaching record of 68-24, and the Badgers have qualified for a bowl game each season. Wisconsin has only won two of the bowl games.
Bielema has a six-year contract worth $3.2 million annually,” according to reports by The Associated Press.
Bielema will be introduced to the media at 4 p.m. today in the Broyles Center.