University of Arkansas football coach, Bret Bielema, looks to be the leading candidate to take over the vacant head coaching job at the University of Nebraska. Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst and Bielema have a relationship that goes back to their time together at the University of Wisconsin. Bielema spent seven years as the head coach at Wisconsin, leading them to three straight Rose Bowl appearance’s before leaving in 2012 to become the coach of Arkansas. His last game with Wisconsin was a 70-31 victory over Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Championship game, Bielema did not coach the team in the Rose Bowl.
Andrew Heiberger says that it makes sense for Bielema to return to the Big Ten, where he has had a ton of success already. He won nine games five times, and had three appearances in the Rose Bowl, something Nebraska hopes he can achieve with them. Also, Bielema has not been able to succeed in the tough SEC West, with records of 3-9 and 6-6 in his two years there. The SEC West features teams like Auburn, Alabama, and Mississippi State. Arkansas did play Alabama and Mississippi State tough, and he led Arkansas to two shutout wins over LSU and Ole Miss. Known as a great recruiter, Bielema could use his Wisconsin background to bring recruits to Nebraska, and look for them to contend for Big Ten titles in the future if Bielema does go to Nebraska.