Sources: Arkansas to hire Bret Bielema es.pn/YwIsh0First, Arkansas pulls the stunner by reportedly hiring Bret Beliema from Wisconsin. Before you start with 'he should want out' or whatever ponder this:
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- Bielema is from Prophetstown, Illinois (about 70 minutes from Madison) and grew up a Wisconsin fan.
- He was recruited by Iowa to play Dline and ended up going there. He has a Hawkeye tattoo.
- After stops at Iowa and Kansas State, he ended up at Wisconsin and became the hand picked successor to Barry Alverez.
- He has a pretty decent recruiting base in Wisconsin, especially for the B1.5G type players he needs (read: non-athletic farm boys)
- Presumably, as he is a well-to-do 40-something white guy with a tattoo from the mid-west, he owns a Harley.
Reports: Gus Malzahn to be named Auburn head coach cbsprt.co/THz3fm One of AU's 2010 heroes comes back to the Plains.
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I'll have more thoughts on both hires, but neither strike me as home runs.