Dec 5, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long looks on as newly named head football coach Bret Bielema puts on a hat during a press conference to announce his hiring at the University of Arkansas. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas AD Jeff Long Didn’t Notify Wisconsin AD upon hiring Bret Bielema


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.

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.


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