Bret Bielema Fired as Head Coach of Razorbacks Directly After Loss

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. (KTHV) - Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bret Bielema has been fired. Interim Athletic Director Julie Cromer Peoples announced the dismissal with a press release shortly after the Hogs last-second loss to the Missouri Tigers to end the Hogs' season on Friday, Nov. 24.

“Shortly after the completion of today’s game, I met with Coach Bret Bielema and informed him of our decision to move forward with new leadership in the Razorback Football program,” Cromer Peoples said. “During the course of the past five seasons, we have not been able to sustain the success on the field that is expected and required at the University of Arkansas."

Named the 32nd head coach in program history in December of 2012, Bielema compiled a 29-34 record over his five seasons. He led Arkansas to three straight bowl appearances, highlighted by wins over Texas at the 2014 Texas Bowl and Kansas State at the 2016 Liberty Bowl.

In 2014, Arkansas became the first unranked team in college football history to post back-to-back shutouts over ranked opponents after blanking No. 20 LSU and No. 8 Ole Miss. 

Bielema completed his fifth season as the Razorbacks’ head coach on Friday. The Razorback's lost on a field goal with 5 seconds left in the game against Missouri Friday.

Reports earlier in the week predicted the firing after the Hogs lost to the then-no. 17 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs on Nov. 18. That game was decided by a 6-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

That was two weeks after an embarrassing performance against the Sun Belt team with the worst record this year, Coastal Carolina, in which the Razorbacks narrowly escaped upset, 39-38.

The Razorbacks end the year with a 4-8 record and a 1-7 record against SEC opponents.

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