FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bret Bielema is taking his brand of power football to Arkansas, leaving Wisconsin after seven seasons.
Arkansas released a statement Tuesday night saying Bielema has agreed to a deal to take over the program reeling following the firing of former coach Bobby Petrino.
A person familiar with the situation says the deal is for six years and $3.2 million annually.
Bielema, Barry Alvarez’s hand-picked successor at Wisconsin, was 68-24 with the Badgers, with four double-digit win seasons.
His tough, aggressive style of play has been successful and will be appealing to student-athletes and Razorback fans, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement.
Lowly Wizards trip NBA champ Heat
At Washington, the Wizards doubled their victory total this season with a 105-101 win over the Miami Heat, despite LeBron James’ triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Jordan Crawford led Washington (2-13) with 22 points. At Philadelphia, Josh Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Minnesota over the 76ers 105-88. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 19 points. In New York, Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25 points and nine assists, and Oklahoma City held off Brooklyn 117-111 for its sixth straight victory. In Houston, Toney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help the Rockets overcome a tough outing by James Harden and rally for a 107-105 win over the Lakers. In the closing seconds, Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace missed shots. In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 38 points and 22 rebounds, setting season highs in both categories, to carry the Grizzlies down the stretch and in overtime over the Phoenix Suns 108-98.
IU falls to Belmont; home slump hits 2
Aulani Sinclair’s 19 points and Nicole Bell’s 11 couldn’t keep Indiana’s women from dropping a 58-54 decision to Belmont in Bloomington. Sinclair added four rebounds, an assist and a steal for Indiana (6-3), which absorbed its second home loss of the season.
K-State’s Snyder snares Big 12 honor
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was voted the AP Big 12 coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the third conference championship in school history and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.
Boston College hired Steve Addazio away from Temple to be the Eagles’ next coach. Addazio, a Connecticut native, went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls. Auburn hired Gus Malzahn as head coach. Malzahn was the offensive coordinator during the Tigers’ 2010 national championship run but spent last season at Arkansas State in his first college head coaching position.
Tickets on sale for Sycamore qualifier
Tickets are on sale for the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship, the Web.com Tour event coming to Sycamore Hills Golf Club Aug.26-Sept. 1. The tournament is one of four newly created events that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2013-14 PGA Tour under the Tour’s enhanced qualifying system. Tickets may be bought online at www.hotelfitnesschampionship.com.
PGA votes McIlroy player of the year
Rory McIlroy was voted PGA Tour player of the year after winning four times, including his second major championship. The tour does not release how its players voted on the award, though not even Tiger Woods came close to the kind of year McIlroy had on the PGA Tour this year.
Owners, players try to restart NHL talks
NHL owners and players met at a Times Square hotel in an unusual session aimed at kick-starting stalled labor talks. The hope is some candid, face-to-face talks will result in a breakthrough.
Carroll coach joins Hall of Fame
Longtime Carroll boys soccer coach Rollie Clements was recently inducted into the Indiana High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Clements coached the Chargers to 12 sectional, seven regional and two semistate titles.