My how the tables turned. Or karma flipped.
After abruptly leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas in December of 2012, Bret Bielema was involved in a few Twitter dustups with jilted Badgers fans prior to the start of his first season as the Razorbacks head coach. During that first season, UA got off to a 3-0 start while his old team went 2-1, with the loss coming courtesy of a bizarre ending against Arizona State.
It was at that point, very shortly after the Badgers’ weird and wild loss, that Bielema’s wife Jen sent out an infamous tweet (since deleted) containing one simple, to-the-point hashtag: #karma. Just as infamously — some would say karmically — the Razorbacks proceeded to lose the last nine games of the 2013 season after the Tweet Heard ‘Round the World, Especially in Madison, was sent out.
So, how have things gone overall in the four years post-tweet for both sides? For the Badgers, fairly well as they’ve claimed a pair of West division titles and three bowl wins. For the Razorbacks? Not so much, as duly noted by a national college football writer, with 124,000-plus followers, on the four-year anniversary of the tweet.
Since Jen Bielema tweeted #karma on this day in 2013 after Wisconsin’s wild loss at Arizona State; Wisconsin is 41-12, Arkansas is 23-27
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 15, 2017
Or, just not enough good football being played down in Fayetteville, regardless of what a head football coach’s wife tweeted four years ago.