Former K-State Co-DC Bielema leaves Wisconsin for Arkansas


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that former K-State assistant and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas. Bielema will sign a multi-year contract soon.

Bielema was 68-24 in seven seasons at Wisconsin, including an 8-5 mark this season. He was co-defensive coordinator at K-State in 2002 and 2003, and helped lead the unit that shut down Oklahoma at Arrowhead Stadium to win the Big 12 Championship.

The move was the second stunning hire at Arkansas, which brought in John L. Smith after firing Bobby Petrino earlier this year after a scandal in which Petrino hired his mistress to work in the football department.

Arkansas was 21-5 the last two seasons, but went 4-8 this season under Smith. Athletic director Jeff Long announced after the season that Smith would not return.

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