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Bielema’s contract details released

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A little less than 10 months after his stunning departure from Wisconsin, Bret Bielema‘s new employer has released the coach’s contract particulars.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Bielema’s six-year contract, which runs through Dec. 31 of 2018, will pay the head coach in the neighborhood of $2.95 million annually.  Bonuses based on academic and on-field performance could push that number to as high as $3.65 million.

Last season with the Badgers, his seventh season in Madison, Bielema made just over $2.6 million.

The $2.95 million figure would’ve placed Bielema behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.5 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($3.9 million), South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ($3.6 million) and Auburn’s Gene Chizik ($3.6 million) in the SEC contractual pecking order.  While Chizik’s involuntarily departed The Plains following the 2012 season, Georgia’s Mark Richt received a contract extension as well as a raise this past February that will push his compensation from $2.81 million in 2012 to $3.2 million in 2013, leaving Bielema tied for fifth in the conference in the salary arms race; in July of this year, Florida’s Will Muschamp was given a raise that will pay him the same $2.95 million in 2013.

If Bielema were to be fired between now and the end of the 2015 season, UA would owe the coach a whopping $12.8 million.  That total decreases by $3.2 million from thereon out through the end of the contract.  Conversely, Bielema would owe the university $3 million if he decided to leave at some point this year, with that sum dropping by $500,000 annually.

In his first season with the Razorbacks, Bielema has gotten the Hogs off to their third 3-0 start the past four seasons.

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11 Responses to “Bielema’s contract details released”
  1. mydixienormus says: Sep 19, 2013 9:11 AM

    Keynote wins against LA Lafayette, Samford and Southern Miss.

    I would hold your cheers Hog fans. Looks like some real teams are coming up. I’d be surprised if they end up .500.

    At least you don’t have that crazy Smile guy anymore…

  2. packerbadger says: Sep 19, 2013 9:14 AM

    $3 million d-bag.

  3. chc4 says: Sep 19, 2013 9:23 AM

    If you’re gonna take a job the means getting your teeth kicked in by LSU, Bama, A&M, Ole Miss, etc you may as well get paid handsomely for it. Not a bad gig.

  4. cwk22 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:16 PM

    Hog fan here. Not expecting a great season with all we have been thru. Just progress from last years crap. Go hogs!

  5. madtownthrowdown says: Sep 19, 2013 1:32 PM

    Honestly Hog fans, I wouldn’t expect anything better then perhaps an Outback bowl in the next 6 years. Even the Outback bowl is probably a stretch. Unless 4 SEC team eat up all the spots in the Playoff (which i’m not sure if that is possible or not) then you probably have an Outback bowl in your future. The Razorbacks schedule really starts this weekend if he wins you guys any more than 2 games I would be surprised.

  6. packerbadger says: Sep 19, 2013 2:20 PM

    Wait till the hog fans get the “wtf just happened” look from Bulemia. Don’t miss his arrogance one bit.

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2013 4:54 PM

    My family, friends, fellow alums, and all I know where I live, have always looked forward to and have enjoyed the series with Arkansas. Didn’t enjoy quite as much when we did not focus on the Razorbacks and lost, but…

    We have begun a new tradition….we will once again this season be preparing a huge open pit whole hog(s) roast with the official Arkansas fruit (and vegetable!)–the southern AR tomato, in its(their) mouth(s).

    This season, Arkansas at LSU Tiger Stadium, by the last game, we will have our young defense fully vested and ready with battle experience and tempering and our Cam Cameron offense should be hitting on all cylinders.

  8. barkleyblows says: Sep 19, 2013 5:58 PM

    Greatest coach Wesconsen ever had.

  9. madtownthrowdown says: Sep 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    Barkley what team do you like? I dont believe i’ve ever seen you be positive ever on here. Always negative. Pretty annoying.

  10. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 20, 2013 10:08 AM

    now you’re talking my language!
    good luck hogs

  11. southernpatriots says: Sep 20, 2013 2:29 PM


    Missed you my friend!

    Like my late sainted MawMaw used to say, “You are the cat’s meow!” Suuuuuueeeee!

    Allons les Tigres!

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