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On Tuesday, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema accepted the open head coaching position at Arkansas. His decision came as a complete surprise to not only Sconnie Nation, but to the nation at large.
Bielema was Barry Alvarez’ hand-picked successor, who himself coached at Madison from 1990-2005. Thus, after a highly successful seven-year tenure, there will be a new coach patrolling the sidelines at Camp Randall come this time next year.
Who would possibly consider leaving an extremely lucrative gig after piling up three 11-win seasons, after the program only won 11 games in one other season in the history of the team?
Who would possibly consider leaving a group of guys he recruited after leading a nationally-respected brand to the Rose Bowl in three straight seasons?
Probably someone who will fit right in with Arkansas, that’s who.
The Razorbacks are hiring their third coach in less than a year. First, Bobby Petrino crashed his motorcycle while his mistress was along for the ride (brilliant), then the school’s interim coach, John L. Smith, admitted mid-season that he will be declaring bankruptcy on more than $40 million worth of defaulted real estate in Kentucky (inter-state brilliance).
The brilliance of Bielema has yet to be put on full display, but if the team’s recent hires are any indication, it won’t be too long now.
Enjoy your time in the state with the nation’s 45th-ranked education nationally, Bielema. Looks like you’re going to fit in perfectly.
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