Arkansas officially fired head coach Brett Bielema.
The news came just minutes after the Razorbacks’ 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday night. Arkansas finished the season with a 4-8 record.
An official statement was made public shortly after the season finale.
Press release from Arkansas on Bret Bielema’s firing. pic.twitter.com/EiOprn3dDd
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“Shortly after the completion of today’s game, I met with Coach Bret Bielema and informed him of our decision to move forward with new leadership in the Razorback Football program,” said interim Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples. “During the course of the last five seasons, we have not been able to sustain the success on the field that is expected and required at the University of Arkansas.”
Arkansas wasted very little time notifying Bielema of the decision. In the post-game press conference, the head coach said that he was “informed coming off the field that I am no longer the coach of Arkansas.”
Bret Bielema “I was informed coming off the field that I am no longer to coach of Arkansas. Never had this happen to me in my life so this is new for me.” pic.twitter.com/QMJjyDuyDL
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Bielema has been at Arkansas since 2013 and has accumulated a 29-34 record, including an 11-29 mark in SEC play. He took the Razorbacks to three bowl games but never got above the eight-win mark and only finished better than fifth in the West once.
Prior to taking over in Fayetteville, Bielema was the head coach at Wisconsin for seven seasons. He enjoyed much more success in Madison, posting a 68-24 mark and winning three consecutive B1G titles from 2010 through 2012.
The Badgers reached the double-digit win total in five o those seven years and Bielema never had a losing season.