Barry Alvarez statement regarding the departure of Bret Bielema
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."