Bret Bielema has decided to leave the Wisconsin Badgers after seven seasons to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks, according to what YouWager experts have learned.
The Razorbacks released a statement last evening stating that Bielema has agreed to a contract to take over the college football program reeling after the firing of former coach Bobby Petrino.
Bielema, Barry Alvarez’s hand-picked successor for the Badgers, was 68-24 with the team, with four double-digit win seasons. He coached Wisconsin to a 17-14 win over the Razorbacks in his first season at the Capital One Bowl.
The 42 year-old Bielema is leaving the Big Ten for the Southeastern Conference and an Arkansas program that opened the year with a top 10 ranking and hopes of challenging for a national championship, only to get mired in Petrino’s infidelity scandal before stumbling to a 4-8 finish.
Bielema is likely to bring a far different approach than what Arkansas and its online sports betting fans are used to. The Razorbacks continually ranked among the SEC’s best passing teams under Petrino, while Bielema is known for his dominant offensive lines and slew of running backs.