Arkansas hires Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema

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Per Yahoo! Sports, Arkansas has hired Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema.

In a stunning coup, Arkansas will hire Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema as its next football coach, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

Bielema, who has taken the Badgers to three straight Rose Bowls, was nowhere on the radar amid months of speculation over who Arkansas would hire.

An announcement will come today, sources told Y! Sports, but Bielema is not expected to be introduced until Wednesday.

Bielema was making $2.59 million per year at Wisconsin.

While at Wisconsin, Bielema compiled a 68-24 record, and he’s fresh off winning another Big Ten championship this season.

Many thought Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy or Baylor’s Art Briles would be the next coach. However, Briles agreed to an extension at Baylor.

Overall, it’s a homerun hire for Jeff Long and Arkansas. Bielema is a proven head coach, and he’ll do just fine as the head man for the Hogs.

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