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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas coach Bret Bielema celebrates with players following the Razorbacks' 31-7 win over Texas in the Texas Bowl on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston. - Photo by Benjamin Krain

— The University of Arkansas has extended head football coach Bret Bielema's contract two years through the 2020 season.

As part of the new contract, Bielema will make $4 million annually beginning this year with $100,000 increases each subsequent year, capped at $4.5 million in the final year of his contract.

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The university would owe Bielema up to $15.4 million if he is fired. Bielema would owe the university $4 million if he accepts a new job by the end of this year, with that buyout dropping by $1 million each of the next three years.

He could make up to an additional $1 million per year in incentives.

Bielema is 10-15 in two seasons as the Razorbacks' head coach. Arkansas is 2-14 in SEC games during that time.

The university has also extended contracts for seven of its assistant football coaches since the Razorbacks won the Texas Bowl in December. Two assistant coaches left for different jobs following the season.

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  • WHISKEY1
    February 7, 2015 at 10:09 a.m.

    My optimism seems to only be exceeded by Jeff Long.

  • Knuckleball1
    February 7, 2015 at 10:26 a.m.

    Well ticket prices will be going up again, Jeff likes to spend money. Got an email from the UofA this week about tickets. I told them to remove me from their email list, that they had priced themselves out of my budget.

  • PaulMcFarland
    February 7, 2015 at 10:42 a.m.

    Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $65,830

  • Skeptic1
    February 7, 2015 at 11 a.m.

    It's clear what the university's priority is. Imagine that money being put towards acquiring top notch professors that would entice top notch students. This is disgusting to the degree it cannot be accurately defined.

  • ARTOPCAT
    February 7, 2015 at 11:16 a.m.

    It matters not if these payments are from public (taxpayer) or private (foundation / booster) resources, the net message to all (especially our students), is that U of A's focus and priority is on sports & revenue from athletic events; not education and growth of our state for the future. Pathetic, predictable, and not unlike the majority of other "institutions of higher learning".

  • rarebird
    February 7, 2015 at 11:52 a.m.

    Same ole, same ole. Love the hogs, but this spending is totally out of hand. We are always trying to keep up with "other" institutions--when does it stop?? We as fans are not treated as fans anymore, but rather as Commodities, with deep pockets to give more. Getting to be a ship without a rudder. If an athlete signs with the hogs, it should be because he wants to play for Arkansas and our tradition---and not because we have the greatest facilities in college football !!!
    Commitment should still be #1 priority.

  • TigerInArk
    February 7, 2015 at 11:59 a.m.

    So he will make $4 million/year, and he averaged 5 wins and 7.5 losses in two years, and he averaged 1-7 in the SEC ?! What a deal. He is getting way overpaid to be in the bottom half of the SEC West.

  • elainemc
    February 7, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.

    I wonder, what would he be paid "IF" he had a winning record at Arkansas??

  • jimsmalley
    February 7, 2015 at 1 p.m.

    Having a successful football and basketball team is priceless, as far as generating huge additional revenue from increased student enrollment, public relations, apparel sales, private donations, state and local community hitting a tax jackpot from additional fans spending big bucks during home games and game weekends, etc. It takes a great coach to field a winning, consistent top fifteen football and program. Arkansas will be there soon, probably as soon as next year. Although we currently are not quite to this point, I agree with Mr. Long, Coach Bielema and Coach Anderson will get the U of A to this pinnacle. The return on investment (ROI) for Nick Saban's success with the Alabama football program has paid tremendous dividends, many, many times over his salary at Alabama and the same will happen for Arkansas under Coach Bielema's and Coach Anderson's guidance. Although Saban still makes much more than Coach Bielema, he is a steal, a real bargain for Alabama. No other university employee can have anywhere near the positive financial impact as a highly successful football and basketball coach. You have to spend money in order to make money.

  • Delta2
    February 7, 2015 at 4:01 p.m.

    He's worth it, and if you want to keep somebody decent you have to pay to do so. He is the first Razorback coach in about 20 years that didn't make me want to puke every time he spoke. Don't like the Hogs but this guy is one I can respect.

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