The ins and outs of hiring a college football coach can weave a rather tangled web, and leave feelings trampled from one endzone to another. So maybe that’s why Arkansas Razorbacks AD Jeff Long neglected to tell Wisconsin Badgers AD Barry Alvarez upon hiring away his then-coach, Bret Bielema.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted about the lack of communication between the schools.
Jeff Long admits he didn’t notify Alvarez when hiring Bielema: “Coach told me he would notify AD. I took easy way out. It was a mistake”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) June 10, 2014
This isn’t the first time there has been an end-around when it comes to hiring (or firing) coaches who are currently employed by another school (just ask Tommy Tuberville), but it would seem fairly logical that once the deal was done, Long would have at least had the courtesy to phone up Alvarez and break the news.
But, this is Arkansas we’re talking about, the school that gave us tons of fun fodder when it came to the likes of Bobby Petrino and his appetite for self-destruction (both figuratively and literally).
Bielema took over at Arkansas after spending nine seasons with the Badgers as both their defensive coordinator and head coach. He coached the team to a 3-9 record (0-8 in SEC play), and finishing the season with a nine game losing streak.