college football • Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas, taking over a program that stumbled from scandal into an awful season that had begun with hopes of challenging for a national championship.
Bielema will replace John L. Smith, who abandoned Weber State to take the job after Arkansas fired Bobby Petrino. Petrino had hired his mistress to work in the football department. Arkansas went 4-8 this season and athletic director Jeff Long announced after the season that Smith would not return.
Bielema is 68-24 in seven seasons with the Badgers, who will face Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.