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Bielema buyout under $15M; UA owes $5.9M if he’s fired at season’s end, per contract

By Matt Jones , Tom Murphy

This article was published October 12, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema’s buyout for his contract is not as expensive as had been originally reported, based on evaluation of the contract by legal counsel for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Jeff Long, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, athletic director, is shown in this photo.

Fifth-year Arkansas Razorbacks football Coach Bret Bielema has a substantial buyout written into his contract, but it is not as high as reported.

Jeff Long, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, athletic director, is shown in this photo.

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arkateacher54 says... October 12, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Well in that case...

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CRig says... October 12, 2017 at 6:37 a.m.

Gone....

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JIMBOB47 says... October 12, 2017 at 6:43 a.m.

We could almost pay off the National Debt if ALL collegiate football coaches surrendered their annual salaries! Add to that number all the whiny, crybaby, kneeling NFL players payments and we'd be permanently out of debt! Such a waste of money - all of it!

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Adnil says... October 12, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.

Wonder what Bobby Petrino is thinking about now.

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sola66 says... October 12, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.

Either way it's a waste of good money

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hah406 says... October 12, 2017 at 8:39 a.m.

It may be a waste of money, but it is 100% free market capitalism. These coaches are paid what the market will afford. Remember, not one penny of tax payer money or student fees goes to athletics at U of A. They are self-sustaining.

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tmw9 says... October 12, 2017 at 8:53 a.m.

Take Long with him!

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TravisBickle says... October 12, 2017 at 9:39 a.m.

How much is Longs' buyout??!!

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RBBrittain says... October 12, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.

Notice the buyout will be offset by ANY work Bielema gets, whether as an ESPN analyst (if that's still available) or a hog farmer back in southern Illinois. Jeff Long probably won't do it right now (we've had too many bad out-of-season firings, especially Jack Crowe & Bobby Petrino), but it'll be easy for him to get rid of Bielema if he so chooses. Of course I'd rather see him beat the you-know-what out of the Tide, but that would be a miracle; Nick Saban is the best coach in college football right now.

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RBBrittain says... October 12, 2017 at 10:12 a.m.

@TravisBickle: If the contracts work the way they have on The Hill, Long's buyout is probably similar to Bielema's. However, you can't measure Long's performance as AD by the records of his head football (or even basketball) coaches; even Frank Broyles wasn't measured that way as AD in spite of his continuous interference in the football program.

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