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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Source: Arkansas hires UW's Bret Bielema

By Adam Rittenberg


In the most stunning coaching move of the silly season, Arkansas has hired Wisconsin's Bret Bielema as its next head coach, sources tell ESPN.

Colleague Mark Schlabach reports that Bielema still wants to coach the Badgers in their upcoming Rose Bowl appearance against Stanford. Wisconsin won its third consecutive Big Ten championship on Saturday night and will play in Pasadena for the third straight season.

Bielema is 68-24 in seven seasons at Wisconsin. He was Barry Alvarez's hand-picked successor. Alvarez now serves as the Badgers' athletic director.

Much, much more to come on this surprising move.