The Arkansas football season is over, and they didn’t hesitate to make a change.
Arkansas finished the season 4-8, punctuating a disappointing year with a disappointing loss to the Missouri Tigers. Head coach Bret Bielema could barely get to the locker room before being handed his walking papers.
Following the conclusion of the seasons final game, the Arkansas Public Relations department sent out a memo saying that they’d officially parted ways with coach Bret Bielema, effective immediately.
Press release from Arkansas on Bret Bielema’s firing. pic.twitter.com/EiOprn3dDd
— Bo Mattingly (@SportandStoryBo) November 24, 2017
Bielema’s dismissal comes as no surprise. His name is another on a growing list of programs in major conferences that will be looking to fill a head coaching void this offseason. With so many head coaching jobs available at Power Five conference schools, expect a bidding war for the top coaches around the league.
Bielema never seemed to find his rhythm while coaching at Arkansas. As the 32nd head coach in the history of the program, Bielema struggled to replicate the success that got him the job in the first place. He was a touted up-and-coming coach having turned around the Wisconsin program, but he failed to do the same at Arkansas.
In his five years, he finished with a 29-33 record, and never managed to finish the season ranked in the top 25 in the country.