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Report: Bret Bielema fired by Arkansas

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to SB Nation, the Arkansas Razorbacks have parted ways with head coach Bret Bielema. His firing comes one week after the Tennessee Volunteers fired head coach Butch Jones.

Bielema will coach the final game of the season this Friday against the Missouri Tigers. The Razorbacks are presently 4-7 on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks Head Coach Bret Bielema talks with Austin Allen during a timeout in a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs
Bret Bielema talks with Austin Allen during a timeout in a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Bielema, along with former athletic director Jeff Long, have been embattled in recent weeks at the school. Long was fired by the school earlier this week.

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The Razorbacks, according to reports, would like to hire Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn as its next head coach. SB Nation is reporting that if Malzahn would be hired, he could hand-pick its next athletic director.

Bielema has been the Razorbacks’ head coach for the past five seasons — and they are not bowl-eligible this season. He came to the school after being the Wisconsin Badgers’ head coach.

With the Razorbacks, he went 29-33, including just 11-28 in the Southeastern Conference.

Arkansas has only defeated the Ole Miss Rebels this season in the SEC. There have been some things to happen this season for the Razorbacks, but that’s no excuse for their record or his firing.

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Rawleigh Williams, a former running back, announced his retirement from college football in the spring. During the season, Austin Allen suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Cole Kelley, his backup, got arrested on DUI charges on November 12th. Two seasons ago, we said Bielema should have been fired.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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