Bret Bielema new razorback football coach

Matt Jones just said on 103.7 the buzz “Overtime” radio show at 1:49pm that Bret Bielema is the latest name to be linked to the Arkansas football coaching job.

Matt Jones pointed out that Wisconsin has lost only 10 times in the last 3 years and only one loss was over 10 points and the Badgers have gone to the Rose Bowl the last three years.

Tommy Smith called in on the “Overtime” radio show today at 2:24pm and said that a lot of Razorback fans would have a problem with this, but I have to admit that his record is impressive and he did win big with his own recruits. At Arkansas we need a great recruiter.

He got in the news earlier this year when he fired Houston Nutt’s former offensive line coach Mike Markuson after one game this year at Wisconsin. Below is the wikipedia listing for Bielema.




Bret Bielema

[edit] Early career

Bielema played college football as a defensive lineman at the University of Iowa under legendary coach Hayden Fry from 1989 to 1992, serving as team captain his senior season. After receiving a scholarship his sophomore year, he got a tattoo of Iowa’s Tiger Hawk logo on his left calf, which he still has today.[1] Bielema graduated from Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

He went on to play for the Milwaukee Mustangs, a team in the Arena Football League.

Bielema then returned to the University of Iowa, serving as an assistant coach from 1993 to 2001. He then became the co-defensive coordinator for Kansas State University from 2002 to 2003. He took the same position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2004. Barry Alvarez, in his capacity as Wisconsin’s athletic director, selected Bielema to succeed him as head coach when he announced his retirement from coaching in 2005.

[edit] Head coaching career

In his first season as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers in 2006, Bielema’s team ended the regular season 11–1 (7–1 in Big Ten Conference play). With the 35–3 defeat of the University at Buffalo on November 18, 2006, Bielema became the first coach in UW history to win 11 games in the regular season.[2] After a 17–14 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2007, he became the third coach in NCAA history to win 12 games in his rookie season, finishing 12–1.

With a 14–0 victory over the San Diego State on September 16, 2006, Bielema became the third Wisconsin head coach to win the first three games of his career.[3] Later, with a 24–3 win over Purdue on October 21, Bielema tied the record for most wins by a first-year coach at UW with seven. The other two coaches to complete this feat were Philip King in 1896 and William Juneau in 1912.[4] A 30–24 victory over the Fighting Illini on October 28, Bielema became the first coach in Wisconsin history to win eight games in his first season.[5] He then extended the record with his ninth victory on November 4, defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions, 13–3.[6] With a 24–21 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 11, Bielema became the first head coach in Big Ten history to win ten games in his first season.[7]

Bielema coached Wisconsin to victories in 17 of his first 18 games. That represents the second-best start to a head coaching career in Big Ten history. Only Michigan’s Fielding H. Yost, who went 55–0–1 from 1901–1905, had a better beginning to a career.

On October 16, 2010, Bielema’s Badgers defeated #1-ranked Ohio State, 31–18, in Madison. It was Wisconsin’s first victory over a #1-ranked team since 1981 when the Badgers upset Michigan.

Bielema has been named a finalist for the Bear Bryant Award which is given to college football’s Coach of the Year. The other finalists are Chris Ault of Nevada, Gene Chizik of Auburn, Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, Jim Harbaugh of Stanford, Chip Kelly of Oregon, Gary Patterson of TCU, Bobby Petrino of Arkansas and Mike Sherman of Texas A&M.[8]

[edit] Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (2006–present)
2006 Wisconsin 12–1 7–1 T–2nd W Capital One 5 7
2007 Wisconsin 9–4 5–3 T–4th L Outback 21 24
2008 Wisconsin 7–6 3–5 T–6th L Champs Sports
2009 Wisconsin 10–3 5–3 T–4th W Champs Sports 16 16
2010 Wisconsin 11–2 7–1 T–1st L Rose 8 7
2011 Wisconsin 11–3 6–2 1st (Leaders) L Rose 11 10
2012 Wisconsin 8–5 4–4 3rd (Leaders) * TBD Rose
Wisconsin: 68–24 37–19
Total: 68–24
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches’ Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

*Wisconsin was ruled winner of the Big Ten Leaders Division because Ohio State and Penn State were banned from postseason play by the NCAA.

[edit] Personal life

Bielema announced on April 1, 2011 that he was engaged to his girlfriend, Jennifer Hielsberg. They were married March 11, 2012 in Madison

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