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Bret Bielema leaving to coach Arkansas

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new head coach at Arkansas.

Bielema will sign a multi-year contract soon, according to the person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet made an official announcement.

The move was the second stunning hire at Arkansas, which brought in John L. Smith after firing Bobby Petrino earlier this year after a scandal in which Petrino hired his mistress to work in the football department.

Arkansas was 21-5 the last two seasons, but went 4-8 this season under Smith. Athletic director Jeff Long announced after the season that Smith would not return.

Bielema was 68-24 in seven seasons at Wisconsin, including an 8-5 mark this season.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Sources tell ESPN, Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema has been hired as the next head coach of Arkansas.

Bielema still wants to coach the Badgers in their upcoming Rose Bowl appearance against Stanford. Wisconsin won their third consecutive Big Ten championship to appear in Pasadena for the third straight season.

Bielema's record is 68-24 in seven season with the Badgers. He succeeded Barry Alvarez, who hand-picked Bielema.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Person familiar with situation tells AP: Wisconsin's Bielema agrees to become Arkansas coach.

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