Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema fired


PUBLISHED Fri, November 24, 2017 - 6:58pm EST


Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema has been dismissed by the University of Arkansas, Interim Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples announced on late Friday. Bielema had just completed his fifth season as the Razorbacks' head coach. (more)

"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," Cromes Peoples said in a statement. "During the course of the past five seasons, we have not been able to sustain the success on the field that is expected and required at the University of Arkansas."

Cromes Peoples added: "There is no question that Coach Bielema has been a valued and respected member of our department and has made a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes, including supporting them in their pursuit of graduation. We are grateful for his contributions to our program and most importantly his investment in the lives of our student-athletes."

"We wish him the very best both personally and professionally," Cromes Peoples added.

Bielema was named the 32nd head coach in the program's history in December 2012. He compiled a 29-34 record over his 5 seasons. He led Arkansas to 3 straight bowl appearances, highlighted by wins over Texas at the 2014 Texas Bowl and Kansas State at the 2016 Liberty Bowl.





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