Sources: Arkansas to hire Bret Bielema

December, 4, 2012
12/04/12
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In a shocking development when it comes to SEC coaching searches, Arkansas is expected to hire Wisconsin's Bret Bielema to be its new head coach, a source told ESPN.

Yahoo! Sports originally reported that Bielema, who has spent seven years at Wisconsin and compiled a 68-24 record during his time there, is expected to be announced as Arkansas' new coach Tuesday.

Arkansas was looking to replace interim head coach John L. Smith, who was not retained after the Razorbacks went 4-8 this fall. Smith filled in for former head coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired in April for lying about an affair he had with a staff member that he hired.

Wisconsin (8-5) will play No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio on Jan. 1. It's the third straight Rose Bowl appearance for the Badgers.

Check out the SEC blog later for more on Arkansas' hiring of Bielema.

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