Barry Alvarez statement regarding the departure of Bret Bielema


Barry Alvarez statement regarding the departure of Bret Bielema

CREATED Dec. 5, 2012

After eight months of searching, the University of Arkansas has found a new head football coach. Bret Bielema will officially be introduced as the man Wednesday afternoon in Fayetteville. Reports are that Bielema will earn $3.2 million per season as part of a six year deal. His contract at Wisconsin paid Bielema approximately $2.6 million per season. University of Wisconsin Athletic Director, Barry Alvarez issued a statement regarding Bielema's departure:


"I was very surprised when Bret told me he was taking the offer from Arkansas. He did a great job for us during his seven years as head coach, both on the field and off. I want to thank him for his work and wish him the best at Arkansas.

"I have a responsibility to our student-athletes, our football family and our fans, one that I take very seriously. It is my responsibility to ensure that the football program continues at a high level, and I have already started the process of trying to find a new head coach.

"Along with finding a new coach, my other main objective is to make sure that our student-athletes, specifically our seniors playing in their final game as Badgers, have a tremendous experience in the Rose Bowl. We will do everything within our power to make that happen."