Wow! Really didn't see this one coming.
It appears that the University of Arkansas is going to get a surprise football coaching hire after all.
Sources tell OSG Sports that the school has hired now former Wisconsin head coach Brett Bielema to replace the departed John L. Smith.
Bielema is coming off of one his worst seasons in Madison at 8-5, though they did win the Big 10 title game and will play in the Rose Bowl after annihilating Nebraska 70-21.
Bielema, an Iowa grad, had been the head coach at Wisconsin since 2006, his 1st head coaching job and has a 68-24 record.
Preliminary reports seem to indicate most serious SEC writers and fans are laughing at the choice. Though we suspect Arkansas will trumpet this as the greatest move in coaching history.
Bielema has been a very traditional "Big 10" style, grind it out coach. That style has shown little to no success in most Big 10 vs. SEC match ups.
And while yes, the move is a bit of a surprise, we are quite curious to see how he does in a job where the school has incredibly high, albeit mostly unrealistic expectations. The Razorbacks have been a middle to upper middle SEC team, we aren't very sure that this hire will (a) excite the fanbase or (b) make the rest of the SEC concerned the Razorbacks are going to run them down.
Here's early coverage from KTHV-TV in Little Rock