Bret Bielema is Leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas

By 11W Staff on December 4, 2012 at 3:26p
259 Comments

Bret Bielema is off to coach the Razorbacks

What a stunner.

Less than a year after calling out Urban Meyer and saying he didn't want the Big Ten to be anything like the SEC, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is departing to take the top job at Arkansas.

While we can only imagine how a man that complained about Urban Meyer's agressive recruiting will deal with 13 piranhas in the SEC, the real tragedy here is we, as Buckeye fans, are losing a nemesis.

Meanwhile...

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Dean's picture

Wow.  I'm shocked.  Seems like a trade down (for Bielema).

NorthernOhioBuckeye's picture

He figured he got off lucky this year with Ohio State not up to Urban's usual standards. Probably figured by next year, UM would have the Buckeyes to the point where he can name his score against Wis and didn't want to be around to suffer through it.

Menexenus's picture

I immediately thought the same thing when I heard the news:  he knew that Wisky wasn't going back to the Rose Bowl again any time soon and wanted to go out on a high note.
That or Arkansas offered him a sh!t-ton of money, hookers, and blow!  :-)
I'll miss making fun of that guy...

Real fans stay for Carmen.

GoBucks713's picture

We still can make fun of him when he's playing against MAC schools and Nerdwestern in the Meineke Car Care bowl every year.

-The Aristocrats!

J.Mo's picture

You'd think it would take money, hookers, and blow to leave Wisconsin for Arkansas but really it was just back stage passes to a Nickelback concert and some coupons to a BBQ place next to campus.

KillerNut's picture

The correct abbreviation for Meyer is UFM, because UM is kinda tsun

Run_Fido_Run's picture

UM = University of Maryland.
Um = TTUN. 

KillerNut's picture

Ok you do speak the truth. An up vote for you

Timotheos's picture

When was the last time the coach of a dominant program left in a time of success for another dominant program having an off year? So now Buckeye fans will not have the traditional object for hate.

Normal Buck's picture

Sparty wasn't quite dominant, but Saban leaving MSU for LSU?  I just seem to recall being perplexed as to why he made that move at the time.

dumpus's picture

does Urbs count?  
I mean...when he "retired" from Florida, the writing was on the wall that Tress was on the first train out of town.  Considering the fact that The OSU was his dream job, how far fetched of an idea is it that he'd let the smoke blow over and ride in as the white knight?

KillerNut's picture

He could have came in that same year then. 

CanadianBuckeye's picture

This makes me hate Wisconsin.... less?  More?  I am so confused.
 
Go Bucks!

Matt F's picture

The SEC just got a whole lot uglier.

Woody4's picture

All of the above,  & a sudden resurgence in really bad hair metal, to boot!

TheHannimal's picture

Proof http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/afunk2/Butthead.jpg
 
Edit: Who the hail downvoted this picture and why!?

lamplighter's picture

don't know - have an upvote

VHX7's picture

Legitimetely shocking news.

Denny's picture

Hahahahahahaha wtf
Does this mean we don't have to hate hate Wisconsin anymore

Taquitos.

hodge's picture

It's okay, brah; some food can calm your nerves:

Denny's picture

AWFUL ROFL AWFUL ROFL
/pours syrup on some shrimpy kid's stomach

Taquitos.

William's picture

This. I suddenly don't hate Wisconsin anymore. 

b_pbucksfans's picture

Bert needs to invest in Kleenex with all the crying he's gonna be doing down there!

theDuke's picture

WAIT a SECOND!... Does this mean he's going to magically be able to develop QBs now?

theDuke

hodge's picture

I guess Arkansas wants to "throw their weight around" in the SEC?
I kill me.

Timotheos's picture

Terrible timing. They are preparing for the Rose Bowl! Hope for the Big Ten's sake they come together. On the other hand, hard to cheer for Bielema's Badgers. Another reason Buckeyes won't like the SEC.

theDuke's picture

bwahahahaaa, yes you do.

theDuke

Tdizzle's picture

Nice.. I got a good laugh out of that

BuckGnome's picture

Stanford only -6 1/2 in the Rose, lock it in now!!!!
 

buck i's picture

WELP IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A BADGER

jsbuckeye's picture

I wonder if they have any O-Line we want?

theDuke's picture

welp, time to steal some more recruits. haahhaahahahaaaa

theDuke

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Do they have any good one's we would actually want?

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

theDuke's picture

ahhh, who cares? we'll steal 'em for fun. *preferred walk-ons

theDuke

buckeyedude's picture

I think UW's O-line averages about 6-6 and 350lbs... yeah, we should offer them a schollie. Free transfer from the NCAA.

 

 

PharmBuck's picture

He's running from Urban
 

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

William's picture

And towards Nick Saban. He went from being Urban Meyer's bitch to Nick Saban's bitch. 

theDuke's picture

I want the first Barry Alvarez reaction that can be found. He's gonna out of coaching retirement, schedule Arkansas for four years in row, just so he can choke slam Bert for this move. #hunch

theDuke

Matt F's picture

Breaking:  New Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema eats SEC.

JasonBuck's picture

Had to upvote you Matt, I literally "lol'ed" at your comment

Matt F's picture

Your appreciation is much appreciated.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I like how your comment can be read either literally or figuratively.
Figuratively, Bert's football philosophy - not to mention his physical presence - will help to slow down all that SEC speeeeeed! I.e., Bert will erode, use up, or waste the SEC speeeeeed until such time as SEC speeeeed is slowly, painfully excreted into a stagnant lump.      

rdubs's picture

All part of Delany's strategy to take down the SEC.

CincyOSU's picture

Like him or not, this is not good news  for the B1G. Not only is a top tier team losing its coach, its losing it to a 2nd tier SEC school. Perception wise this does not look good. Hopefully Alvarez will pony up some cash and get a quality replacement.
I wonder if this has any affect on Jones at UC. Wonder if he will hold off on making a decision at Colorado now?

hodge's picture

I guarantee it's not a prestige move, Arkansas offered more money than he could probably ever make at Wisconsin.  Bielema's a good coach, but he ain't worth the probable $3.5 million that Arkansas offered.
He's going to get bitch slapped by Saban, Miles, Muschamp, and Spurrier on an annual basis.

CowCat's picture

Don't forget Sumlin

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

setman's picture

and Malzahn.   figure him to finish 5th in the SECwest each year at best.  lol

Nick's picture

I think in the long term will be better overall will have the chance to hire a real coach. 

Powers's picture

Who can blame him with the way UFM is going to dominate the B10 for the next X years.

onetwentyeight's picture

Those ACC 5th year QB transplants will do REAL WELL against SEC DEFENSES YESSSS

D. Anthony's picture

What a huge phoney... he'd rather coach in a hillbilly state/ live in Arkansas vs coaching in the same conference at Mr. Urban Meyer!

D. Anthony

bigbadbuck's picture

You would have thought that the pigs would have learned their lesson about hiring former BIG TEN coaches but i guess not...Have fun Arkansas! Now lets see if there are any players to our liking.............

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

GoBucks713's picture

There must be Casinos near campus. In other news, Bert and his doppelganger, John Daly, can be bets friends.

-The Aristocrats!

WC Buckeye's picture

No Freudian pun intended, I presume...

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

ticodillo's picture

Thanks for putting that up, i watched it replay like 10 times, I would up vote if i could. Go Bucks! Bielemia is running, not with his tail between his legs because there's no room due to the chubby leg rolls, but running indeed.

aznchipmunk's picture

Well done, 128.
I
 
almost prefer this moment over BB leaving today... It was a long emotional game with his RECORD on the line ...

Go Bucks! Roll-Tide!

Squirrel Master's picture

Should be considered the best play of the year! With the situation, the record for Ball, undefeated season on the line, that play was more impressive than any I have seen this year.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Dean's picture

Of course he does.  But will they let him?  It probably would be a stronger move for the program to tell him to buzz off.

JLBNYC's picture

No, a Wisconsin Man will coach Wisconsin!

BuckeyeVet's picture

@JLBNYC - +1000^  (Well done!)

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

20sider's picture

I'd tell him to move along. How ticked off do you think the players are going to be? Would you want to play all out for this guy? Even if it is the Rose Bowl (that you fell into by default)?

GO BUCKS!

Baroclinicity's picture

I give him 3 years tops.
As others have already mentioned... I'm going to start feeling sorry for Pitt who can't keep a coach for more than a year.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

raki's picture

Got scared of Urban, He know this was his last trip to Indy and pasedena for a long long time to come................. D bag.

flipbuckeye's picture

And the coaches in the SEC are... less scary?

BuckeyeBacker98's picture

No, but if you are going to be owned you may as well be owned for more money.

M tots's picture
buckeyedude's picture

Who's kevin wilson?

 

 

kr66osu's picture

Good riddance Bert
This is a really weird hire in my opinion

MotownBuck's picture

So many questions ... Wonder what that means for Strong at Louisville with Arkansas out of play. And I wonder how the Razorback fan base feels about this. I wonder who's next fro Wisky? I wonder what Hoke is eating right now? Oh the questions ...
 
THERE ARE NO RULES!!!!
 
lol

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

BuckeyeSaab's picture

Put your shirt back on.

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

MotownBuck's picture

THERE'S ONE RULE!

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

highwire's picture

Razorback fans feel like they should, dissapointed. Wiscy fans are screaming for Tress or Chryst.

LadyBuck's picture

The ones crucifying Tress asking for him as their coach? That will be the day.

GoBucks713's picture

And I'm outraged that this didn't get a grey box.

-The Aristocrats!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i really really really don't get this move. And whether we liked it or not, he did add something to the league even if we did hate him. The last thing the B1G needs is another down team for a couple of years

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Oakland Buckeye's picture

strictly about $$$. He is young enough  - trying to secure his family's future & arrogant enough to think he will compete down there. I can guarantee he wanted Urbz money & was not gonna get it.

741's picture

Gratuitious upvote purely on the merits of your avatar photo.

Dougger's picture

now when you say 'family' you mean him being a sleezeball and dating 18 y.o. college coeds right? pretty sure hes not married

I like football

rdubs's picture

What's ironic is he gave up a lot of job security.  If he gets fired after 3 years he will have given up a lot of money from his lifetime guarantee at Wisky.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Interesting point. I hadn't really considered that Wisky may have opened the door to his leaving by closing up the purse strings. Three consecutive Rose Bowls has to buy something, right? On the other hand, maybe Alvarez saw a graceful out and the opportunity to upgrade at coach (and I say this thinking that Bielema was a pretty solid coach) by letting Arkansas outbid him. Wonder if this will play out in drastically different accounts of his departure?

BrewstersMillions's picture

ERMAGERD! JERN GRERDERN TER WERSCERSERN!!!!!!

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

VintonCountyBuck's picture

jern Grerden take have of greane Baaays stocks tocoach. Worstconseen

Him liek Chesees & heads..saw him coach a pyrate teem. In nFL

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

JOAN GRUBEN TO WESCUNSAN

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

e135800's picture

That didn't take long. Urbs gonna be running all the coaches outta the B1G

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

your avatar..it's...it's....flawless

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Menexenus's picture

No kidding!  Yowza!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

NW Buckeye's picture

Or you could say seamless!!!!   Great minds appreciate great art!!!  (I've had mine for a while LOL)

Menexenus's picture

I had seen your avatar but didn't recognize it for what it was.  Needless to say, I now appreciate it much more...

Real fans stay for Carmen.

matti's picture

good bye  see u in iowa in 4 to 5 years  also wisky still annoys me btw minnesota welcomes wisky back to the middle of the pack

Timotheos's picture

Bielema, calling you out right now. If you join in on the oversigning...

penult's picture

My first thought.  In addition to being hypocritical about the SEC, I bet he will immediately start oversigning and be one of the worst abusers of it in the country.

theshoefits's picture

I thought Arkansas was looking for a new coach, not a new mascot.

ATXbucknut's picture

Just got my laptop out of hibernate mode to read this!?  Wow!
My reaction:

MotownBuck's picture

LMAO!!
 

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I've seen that so many times, yet I have no idea where it's from.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

kr66osu's picture

It's from Italian Spiderman if I remember correctly
EDIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhHhXukovMU

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Thanks.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

buck i's picture

Three straight Rose Bowl losses  appearances.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

They might have a shot without Bret.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I will be very interested to see who Wisconsin hires, if I were them I would go after David Shaw.

 
William's picture

Please no. I'd rather see Shaw take over as the Browns coach, that's my pipe dream.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

So he has a record of 1-3 against JT, and 0-1 against Meyer(0-2 if you count losing Dodson.). Now he's going against Saban? Good luck with that...

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Denny's picture

Also: 0-1 vs. Luke Fickell

Taquitos.

Iron_Buckeye's picture

He's skeered of Urbz! Because who the heck WANTS to live in Arkansas!

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

CincyOSU's picture

If there was such thing as 11W stock, I would have went all in on how many times there has been a variation of the phrase "Bielema is scared of Urban". I would be quite wealthy in 11W land.

Squirrel Master's picture

I'm with you. Maybe he is scared of Urban but then why run into the exact division of Saban and Miles? That makes no sense.
Frankly, I think he sees the limitations his program will have and thinks he has better opportunity in Arkansas. I don't see it and think Arkansas is getting swindled. It was his offensive coaches that made him look good and this year is all about OSU being on probation.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

CincyOSU's picture

I agree, I actually think he had a good thing at Wisconsin, esp with the system they had in place.

KillerNut's picture

Self building stock. You would make to much money by commenting that billions of times over yourself. And nobody would care because Bert was scared of Urban

Squirrel Master's picture

WOW! Well I guess Louisville can breath a bit easier now! Just need that Tenn job to get filled. Maybe Hoke can leave too!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Nick's picture

I wonder if Paul Chryst goes back to Wisconsin now (Pitt is the one and done school, right? Would PISS Mark May off [bonus]) and OL Dorian Johnson switches to Ohio State?

Timotheos's picture

"The emphasis is ours, but you get the point. As we are so fond of repeating, this is football, not feelingsball, and it cracks us up in a sick way that the coach who would fit into the SEC better than any of his counterparts is crying foul" A story about Bielema and the recruiting issue in February of this year.
 

Tengauge's picture

I thought Bret Squealima didn't want to be like the SEC? SUEY PIG!!!!

Kurt's picture

Now that you mention it he sort of has the snout of a pig...

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Who replaces Bret?... Chryst?

JLBNYC's picture

How about this guy?

741's picture

GOO GOO G'JOOB!!!

GoBucks713's picture

That is the most realistic zombie ever on The Walking Dead.

-The Aristocrats!

Oyster's picture

I am so mad about a mid season break till Feb!  Luckily we can DVR the entire series on New Years Eve and New Years Day. 

GoBucks713's picture

They did this last season too. It also allows for a nice little break for holiday stuff to happen, but during the second week in January I'll be itching for new episodes.

-The Aristocrats!

M tots's picture

If Chryst doesn't take the job, my money is on Darrell Bevell, Offensive Coordinator of the Seahawks.

dubjayfootball90's picture

upsetting...... oh well, he is in for a rude awakening down in SEC country..... good riddance 
 
edit: Hazell for the job?

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Lincoln's picture

Chryst to Wiscy and Dorian Johnson recruitment part 3?

VintonCountyBuck's picture

+10 for you
I was actually just about to mention this.
You know what they say about great minds.. ;)
Lets get the Buckeyes reaction:

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

cplunk's picture

This gif just reminded me how much I f*cking love this year's team

JLBNYC's picture

Ryan Shazier met Wisconsin runningback Montee Ball above the pile and knocked the ball out.So does this! 
 

wibuckeye's picture

Butch Jones to Wisconsin??

WIBUCKEYE

toad1204's picture

Talk about a negative percetion on an already suffering B1G.  I hate the SEC chant as much as the next but if we're going to make it to an NC game (knock on wood) the conference needs to be stronger.  We're going to see an undefeated SEC vs a one loss SEC over an undefeated B1G.  I know complete BS, thanks in part to media (ESPiN) and a truely weak conference.  Our peers need to pony up and start paying these guys what they're worth or this could become something that happens regularly.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Following the logic that I have heard from SEC fans, Urban Meyer must have chased him out of the B1G.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

buckifishr's picture

As long as Bama and LSU are inelligible for the post season, Bret is the guy to take a third place team to the promised land.

B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

IDK...What about A&M?

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

buckifishr's picture

That may be asking a bit much of the ol Baluga. 
Unless of course Alvarez is there to hold his hand.

Kurt's picture

Wow...shocker.  No one will believe me know but last year when Chryst left for Pitt I pondered how many years it'd be before he returned to Madison.  We'll see if that's who they go after...sucks to be Pitt.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I don't know how to feel about this.  What the fuck!?

Class of 2010.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I don't think that he will be unsuccesful at Arkansas as some are suggesting, many midwestern coaches have actually had a ridiculous amount of success down there.  I don't think he will touch Saban but I could see them returning to national relevance and possibly challenging LSU.

 
buckeyedude's picture

Lou Holtz coached at Arky, but don't remember how he did there or how long he stayed.

 

 

JoeinCbus's picture

I can't find Arkansas' logic in making this move.  I'm stumped.
From Bielema's angle, I don't understand it, either.  He's secure at Bucky as long as Alvarez keeps breathing, he's riding an institutional culture of running, power football there that is virtually reproducing itself.  The money isn't all that much better, he's under sanctions, and if he thinks he's getting his toes stepped on in recruiting now, wait until he mixes it up with Miles, Spurrier and Saban.  No open cheese bars anywhere near Little Rock or Fayetteville, either, and southern sausages don't stew or casserole well.
Unbelievable.
I'm now 90% sure Strong stays at Louisville.  Clearly, the big boys aren't viewing him as a top choice, unless Tennessee gets desperate.

Squirrel Master's picture

HUH? What makes you think Arkansas said no thanks to Strong. Perhaps it was the other way around. Your comment makes no sense. Strong is on top of a lot of lists, especially Louisville's!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

JoeinCbus's picture

There's no clear evidence anywhere that Strong was considered seriously at Arkansas.  That's why I said it.  And considering Strong is Louisville's current coach, I'm assuming he's at the top of their list.

Squirrel Master's picture

There is no evidence that they haven't spoken with Strong! You just insinuated that Strong isn't considered a top hire as a head coach but Bielema is. Bielema stepped into Alvarez's team with an identity, the players to fulfill that identity and was already apart of that organization. He was handed the team on a platter. Louisville was in shambles when Strong arrived. Plus it is harder to recruit at Louisville than it currently is at Wisky. Strong is considered a top recruiter, especially in the south, and many teams in the south covet him. 
I just think you are reaching with your "strong doesn't belong with the big boys" comment. As a fan, I will take Strong as a HC any day over Bielema. To me, Bielema is the back up plan. After being said no by the real "big boys" which I believe includes Strong. Choice between Tennessee and Arkansas if he would leave Louisville, Strong would take the Tennessee job in a heart beat. 
and even though he is currently Louisville's head coach, doesn't mean he would be their top choice. If he sucked, they would say go ahead and leave. They are moving to the ACC so they can get a decent coach if they felt they didn't have one yet (not to mention any coach out there would love to have Teddy Bridgewater). But Strong is a keeper and he will get a huge raise which he deserves, where ever he ends up. 
Now Urban, Saban, Miles? Of course not but Bielema isn't in that league either!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

causeicouldntgo43's picture

My take on this is that Bret Bulimia has a pretty massive ego, and simply wants to try and work his way up the food chain, so to speak, in college football. Must feel he can be successful at Ark and parlay that into something "even greater". Probably felt a little underpaid. Probably felt Urban, and even the Hoke-er was gonna get the better recruits in the midwest. Maybe he thinks there's enough talent to go around in SEC land that even he, blind pig/badger that he is can find plenty of acorns. 
I personally don't think this will be a successful strategy for him, but who knows, maybe he did want to get out of Lord Alvarez's shadow. I will miss hating the guy - he was a pretty damn good nemesis for us........and so forth.

Doc's picture

C ya Bert.  Good luck in Ar Kansas, u r goin' to need it.
Seriously, WTF is he thinking?  I know the almighty $$ wins, but Arkansas?  Really?  Maybe he made this move so in 2020 when Iowa can afford to get rid of Ferentz bert can go back home. 

"Say my name."

Dougger's picture

favorite comment:
Les Miles and Bret Bielema in the same conference
Hide yo clocks, hide yo timeouts, because they are mismanaging every end game decision up in here

I like football

Danify's picture

I got a good kick out of this statement. Haha!
"Guys, seriously, we need to talk. This year, we're going to put Ohio State in your uniforms and send them to the Rose Bowl, ok? It's nothing personal, but for the conference, we need to do this. Our collective livers can't keep taking the punishment."
DakezO (Penn State fan)

sirclovis's picture

You just got to love how OSU is essentially given a spot in the B1G Championship game next year. Penn State will still be on probation, Wisconsin lost its head coach, Purdue with a new coach, and Illinois will be Illinois. Heck, Indiana is the team to beat in our division next year. Who would have thought that?

JoeinCbus's picture

Does Alvarez step in for a year?  I'd love to hear the dialogue in his head right now. 
His Darth Gall just went Dixie.

headina's picture

Lolz. Shift of power. Cream of SEC to B1G, hillbilly white trash crap B1G coach to SEC. Good luck, PSYCH! You will actually need it! 

GO BUCKS

onetwentyeight's picture

MAYBE. That crazed Wis. fan who made the Tressel website ... knew something ... we all didn't ... 
 
 
 
 
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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

This actually hurts our strength of schedule... at least with the playoff you only need to be close to #1 to get in!

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

BuckeyesMJ's picture

Bret said he made the move to be closer to his sister/wife.

I'd never want to lose Urban, but if he ever went back to the SEC, Bielema would probably look for a gig in the CFL.

GoBucks713's picture

He could coach the Argonauts and have 6 Casinos within rolling distance.

-The Aristocrats!

Timotheos's picture

Penn State fan on another forum, to a Wisconsin fan:
Guys, seriously, we need to talk. This year, we're going to put Ohio State in your uniforms and send them to the Rose Bowl, ok? It's nothing personal, but for the conference, we need to do this. Our collective livers can't keep taking the punishment. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Say Urban, how would you feel about rocking a red windbreaker?

Class of 2010.

LadyBuck's picture

If I could upvote this more, I would. Penn State fans have their moments.

jedkat's picture

"don't let the door frame hit you in the ass on the way out..."

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over"

~ Joey Bosa

Run_Fido_Run's picture

It's now time to resurrect the reputation of Wisconsin Bert while demonizing SEC Bert.
We'll pretend that when Bert was coach of the Badgers, Buckeye fans didn't like him, but we always respected him as a coach and a man.
Once he went over to the dark side, however, his soul became irredeemable. 
I now realize that Wisconsin Bert was actually okay, just like I realized, after he retired, that Bo Schembechler wasn't a horrible human being. Sorry, Good Bert, we barely knew you.  

Oyster's picture

I have never had a problem with him.  The only thing that was odd was his crying about Coach Meyer taking a recruit.  But when Barry told him there is no agreement and to recruit harder it seemed to end the whole thing.  I also like Alverez, and if he picked him as his replacement, I trust his judgement.  I would guess that some people don't like him because he has been able to beat OSU.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I've always liked Alvarez. I didn't know that I sorta liked Wisconsin Bert until about 10 minutes ago. I really hate SEC Bert.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I've definitely got mixed feelings. Wisconsin just got weaker as did the B1G (like it didnt already need that) and we lose someone we love to hate and love even more to pwn. If Bi-Llama turns the Razorbacks around we could see him in the Sugar Bowl in the playoff. THAT would be sweet. To see Coach Meyer beat him as an SEC coach...in the playoffs...for all the marbles.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

theDuke's picture

more of this^
please.

theDuke

Run_Fido_Run's picture

That's hilarious - totally appropriate to the news.
But can you find another GIF of her eating a popsicle?

dancorona5's picture

 
well..im at work, so i have to keep my searches PG...eh, fuck it. i'll see what i can come up with.
see..it works 2 ways. shes hot and her shirt says hobo, just like whats in arkansas

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks - that's very educational . . . sort of like a public service announcement. It reminds me that I need to work on some core exercises, and medicine balls can be useful aids. Some might think that we're being sexist pigs (Sooie!), but we're really trying to promote wellness.  

dancorona5's picture

i dont even think the women on this site can downvote scarlett johansson...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I just became a Scarlett Johansson

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

VintonCountyBuck's picture

I'm in need of some paper towels

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

buckeye76BHop's picture

SWEEEEEEEET!^^^^^ Love that work out video and sorry I'm all out of tissues^^^^;-)

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

JLBNYC's picture

I wonder how long they had been talking? I assume pre-BTN championship?
 

sirclovis's picture

This is the downfall of the SEC...

causeicouldntgo43's picture

EXACTLY - this is the moment when the big College Football Karma Wheel started to turn for the SEC. You heard it here first folks!!! (as Brent Mussbarfer would say).

Jarrett's picture

Man, I can't stand the guy and my first reaction is I'm glad he's gone. He doesn't have much class- huh, and he's going to the sec. Imagine that? I digress- It's another (cough cough-argh) good coach that's leaving the b1g...I don't think, at this time, we can afford to lose another coach that can at least coach a team that wins more than 50% of their games.

And I'm sure the sec will make a big deal out of stealing a coach out of the b1g...double argh.
But maybe I won't feel dirty and have to take a shower when I hear the words Wisconsin Football....
 

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy." Groucho Marx 

 

humble0ne's picture

Does anyone else feel it is poetic with the whole hogs=Bielema=hogs thing?  I can't say I will miss him......at all.

"It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and ignore your example." --Don Meyer Hall of Fame NAIA Basketball Coach

JoeinCbus's picture

This. ^^^^  How did I miss that connection?

toad1204's picture

Butch looks like he could fill the role...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

theDuke's picture

Houston Nutt to Wisky? kinda late tradesies, keepsies, no tradebacks? nahhh, jibberish in my mind spilling onto the screen...
c'mon Barry, c'mon on out of retirement. For the "Good ol' days sake"...

theDuke

Unky Buck's picture

It has worked for Bill Snyder so far...

...

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I will miss his fat, whiny, squinty-eyed, windbreaker wearing, small recruit class getting, winning record vs. TSUN, 1-5 vs. OSU ass. 

Class of 2010.

gunni070's picture

Mangino to Wisconsin. Make it happen. A rain of molten cheese curds on the Big Ten for all time.
 
hahaha

Z.Hull's picture

That is by far the best GIF you guys have ever posted. Just pure moxy on the face of ole Swag Meyer. 

Baroclinicity's picture

John L. Smith to Wisconsin!  Yeah!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

dja.ohio's picture

The B1G as a whole needs to get some top tier coaches in the conference instead of Jerry Kill, Kevin Wilson, Tim Beckman, Kirk Ferentz. Here's hoping Wisky opens up the checkbook and do what it can to boost their program and conference.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Great point, we don't know how this will affect the conference until we see who Wisconsin hires.  If they go out and get a great coach then it's a positive move.

 
DaiTheFlu's picture

Oh my God...I am SHOCKED at this move. I haven't laughed this hard in awhile. Wow. I'm actually sad to see Bert go; I took great pleasure in irritating his fat ass every time the Buckeyes pounded his ass.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

Oyster's picture

I haven't read everything about the hire yet, but will he be coaching the bowl game?

741's picture

Holy s**t! I thought this was a late April Fool's joke and had to source the story elsewhere before I believed it. 
Hilarious!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The last 4 years under Bret.

2009: 10-3 and in the AP/Coaches top 20. No offers.

2010: 11-2. Co-BigTen champs, and in the BCS top 10. No offers.

2011: 11-3. BigTen champs, and in the BCS top 10. No offers.

2012: 8-5. In the BigTen championship by default. Gets a fat contract at a new school.

lol

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Doc's picture

This really makes no sense.  Why this year?

"Say my name."

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Ball leaving might have something to do with it.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

^LMAO, I just laughed so hard I snorted water out my nose

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Dougger's picture

me too

I like football

OSUMANN's picture

HAHAHA cracking up at the office!

Denny's picture

Standing Bro-vation

Taquitos.

btalbert25's picture

The only reason I can see him moving to Arkansas is that they backed up a Brinks truck to hire him.  Let's face it, being married to a Vegas hooker is not a cheap lifestyle to maintain.

btalbert25's picture

Is the NCAA investigating Wisconsin and we just haven't heard anything about it yet?
 

Oyster's picture

Has anyone mentioned to him that it gets humid in Arkansas?  Very, very HUMID...

Buckeyejason's picture

Haha wow crazy news! Totally unexpected!

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buck_Michigan's picture

What's funny about this is this may actually help the B1G...since Bielema is such an upstanding coach with gentlemen's agreements in place we should easily poach any recruit thinking about going to are-kansas.  Please let us schedule Arkansas to our non conf schedule!  Please please please!!!

2012 Beat Michigan Tail gate:  UFM:  "Let’s beat the sh*t out of Michigan, have a good night."

AngryWoody's picture

I'm already hearing the Badger fans bring up Tressel. God they are so envious of us. I love it!

Our Honor Defend!

btalbert25's picture

That would be kind of amazing really.  Tressel in the same division as Ohio State.

BuckeyeVet's picture

Can't ever see Tressel taking that job. But never say never, huh.....

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Bert for $3.5 million does lend credence to my theory that SEC dominance is unsustainable.
Obviously, they're overpaying, which will have negative long-term ramifications for Arkansas football.
But think about the larger implications of an SEC World in which Bert gets paid $3.5 million. Either Bert falls on his chubby face, or every time he wins an SEC game, he's taking away a victory from another school that simply does not tolerate 5-7 seasons - Texas AM, Ole Miss, Auburn, Miss St, etc. Furthermore, Bert and Malzahn are not being hired to go 0-2 against LSU and Bama every year.  

BoFuquel's picture

As anyone with half a brain can comprehend B1G football is one life support,Meyer and Delany working together are gonna pull the plug.Wise move Bielemonster,who's next to desert this sinkin' ship?GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Well, Bret won't have to worry about Urban beating him year in and year out. He now has to wroory about Saban, Miles AND Sumlin doing it!  And that doesn't include teh cross division sure losses to Muschamp, Richt and Spurrier

Timotheos's picture

source also tells me knew at least two weeks ago that he was leaving, but was weighing "a couple" SEC schools.
-Tweet from Rick Pizzo. Supposedly Tennesee or Auburn.

buckeyemitchell's picture

This is like threve, a combination of three and five, simply stunning

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Wonder if Butt Head is gonna try and run up scores in the SEC if he can? ha. 

old_rasputin's picture

Well, he won't have to worry about getting beaten by Urban again.  The good news is that I won't have to look at that sour-puss face anymore.  SEC mediocrity 4 life!  Good luck with that!!!!

"We hate to lose, but when we do, rest assured we'll be back, and someone will pay the price." Coach Hayes

Bucksfan's picture

This is very disappointing for a few reasons.  Bielema was a horrendous recruiter, but his tremendous success in Madison was a testament to his coaching quality.  In that vein, Wisconsin, despite a huge surge in revenue by being in the Big Ten and being part of that network, couldn't afford to keep Bielema around.  That is inexcusable.
But most importantly, this is devastating to the 11W Dubcasters, who have taken most humorously to Sarah's gagging at the mere mention of Bret Bielema.  Bielema was a great villian to Ohio State fans, and that was never more apparent than in the musings of Johnny and Sarah.
Well, instead of being a big cheese in a shitty conference, he's now going to get paid a few million dollars more to take annual lashings by Nick Saban and Les Miles before he is inevitably fired in 3 years.  Good riddance, you sonofabitch.  I hope you rot in gravy.

theDuke's picture

mmmm...gravy.

theDuke

Hoody Wayes's picture

"...losing a nemesis."
I disagree.
Wiscy wishes it could be our nemesis.

VintonCountyBuck's picture

Quote from Wisconsin's Media Relations Assistant:  
"I have to help him turn on his laptop everday after I tied his shoes for him..This is the last search he did on his computer..We should've all seen this coming:"
http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2834369-fayetteville_restaurants-i
 
The players reactions to the news: 

 
"Your going where Coach?"
 

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

biggy84's picture

He gets better access to farm animals in Arkansas =)

Doc's picture

This will make yet another crappy B1G team.  It will be interesting to see what Wisky does.  I'm seeing Hazell getting a call.

"Say my name."

dja.ohio's picture

Bert may have been scared out of the conference by the recent Rutgers and Maryland additions.
And he gets to play road games against Florida, Alabama and LSU next year.
http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-13/sec/2013-arkansas-razorbacks-football-schedule.php

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I bet he's praying for Saban to take a NFL job.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

D. Anthony's picture

He's gonna look baddass with his Arkansas windbreaker zipped all the way up and his man-boobs flowing in the wind as he rides Petrino's old motorcycle thru town.

D. Anthony

Phutatorius's picture

Arkansas is a second-tier power in the SEC.  The notion that Bielema would bolt a second-tier B1G program, in a city with something of a cultural and intellectual character to it, to take a gig in Arkansas . . . well, it's another slap in the face to the Big Ten's standing in the conference pecking order.
Wait: who am I kidding?  The cultural and intellectual character of Madison vs. the prospect of tooling around town on a Harley with a winsome blonde Athletic Department page wrapped around your back?  We all know Bielema's choice here.  (I'm guessing this subject was covered in the preceding 167 comments: if that's right, I apologize.  If I'm wrong: shame on you all.)
It's true Wisky has thrived in recent years without the benefit of any significant recruiting classes.  It will be interesting to see where Bielema's teams go from here.

Baroclinicity's picture

Upvote for Slade!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

lamplighter's picture

Soooey!
the state may be devoid of hogs in the next 12 months

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Is Hoke taking the job?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BuckeyesMJ's picture

A pig joins the hogs..... Perfect

ColoradoBuckeye74's picture

Anyone have any good quotes from the Wisky sites.  I'm sure it is a gold mine at this point.  

zbd's picture

Arkansas must have backed up a Brinks Truck and told  Bret Bielema to take as much as he wanted.  Or handed him a check to fill in the amount.

AngryWoody's picture

EPIC TWEET from Reid Fragel
"Reid Fragel
@Fragel77

Scared him right out of the Big Ten..."

Our Honor Defend!

Hockey Buck's picture

He loves the Arkansas head coaching perks that Petrino enjoyed. You go gamblor.

AngryWoody's picture

Actual real Beilima comment: "I was a little unsure at first, but when I found out they had a picture of my mom on their helmets, I just had to go coach for the Hogs.".
This is not made up...not even a little.

Our Honor Defend!

Bucks43201's picture

just got home & saw this....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Tell me this is a joke. I was getting used to Urban owning Bielema & watching Bielema make confused whincing badger faces on the sideline every year.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

buckeye76BHop's picture

It appears someone saw the writing on the wall and would rather be in the SEC then see OSU dominate him for the next 6-10 years.  LOVE the caption under the picture by t11W staff.  I see what you did there...and I loved it!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Matthew's picture

Bielma's new theme song.
 

 

Class of 2010

AltaBuck's picture

See you later Chet....I mean Bret

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Sgt. Elias's picture

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Schierbuck's picture

I think I understand the Arkansas logic.  They were probably sitting around and saying "With Alabama and LSU in our division what we need is a coach that can finish a season with five losses, third place in their division and still figure out how to go to a BCS game.  If only there was a candidate like that out there."

LadyBuck's picture

I don't even know what to think. I really hope their AD decides to take over and coach the team. Kick Bielema out for declaring on a different school right when bowl practices starts. Here's to beating a Bielema lead Arky team in a bowl soon!

buckeyenut10's picture

I think this is the best decision by Bielema of all time. Think about it: He gets to do what he's always done. Beat up on FCS schools by 400 points then be at the bottom of the upper tier in the conference. The difference is in the SEC that's good enough to land you in the top 10 of the BCS. In the B1G if you beat up on University of Little Rock School for the Blind Midgets but lose to the top 2 teams in the conference you're fighting for a top 20 ranking (or being ranked at all). If you do that in the SEC, you've gone through a football schedule that would even give Adrian Petterson nightmares, so you'll still be rewarded with a top 10 ranking.

DaiTheFlu's picture

Brilliant. Absolutely spot-on.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

JLP36's picture

Isn't Arkansas the team that hired John L. Smith to stablize the program?  Sounds like they are on a roll with the coaching decisions...

JLP36

BME_Buckeye's picture

This is gonna be fun to watch Arkansas play football next year! Trolololol!

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

DaiTheFlu's picture

My first reaction was sheer, unadulterated laughter. My second feeling was sadness, as I had grown quite fond of bashing Bielema-coached teams' skulls in, then watching him squint as though he were attempting to read a crossword puzzle from across a crowded cafeteria. Then I mocked him for being scared out of a shit Leaders division by UFM.
Now that I've sobered up, though; I am actually a little shocked that he would leave a place like Wisconsin, where he had pretty good job security and could make it to BCS bowls with sub-par W/L records. If a guy like Bert would leave the Midwest, where he was born and bred (on a goat farm), and make a lateral move to a mid-level SEC school that basically survives on LSU and Bama leftovers, who would ever stay in the B1G? I think this may clearly demonstrate the systemic cracks in the B1G's foundation. I have been waiting for 5 years for the "cycle" to even itself out and come back the Big Ten's way, but I'm starting to think we may be in trouble. Thoughts?

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Well we have TSUN, TOSU, WISKY, PENN STATE (with sanctions probably won't be relevant for a long time), NEBRASKA, MSU.  After these options it's a lot of bad teams, that's the difference between the sec and the big ten.  The other teams are at least competitive.

 
gwalther's picture

Other teams like Kentucky, Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Missouri, Vandy, and Arkansas? Lol. Ok bro.

Class of 2008

D. Anthony's picture

Arkantard !!! Let's hire Bret after his crappy record this year... and last year Russell Wilson (his Cam Newton) was the only thing that kept him from having another sub par year. He'll be exposed just like Gene Chizick and gone in a few years. Should've kept the job security at Wisconsin, but I'm really happy to see him make a dumb move.

D. Anthony

CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

Only leaves hoke the joke to hate now.

Pay It Forward!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

On a related note - building permits for Waffle House and Pizza Barn just skyrocketed in Arkansas

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced