I was almost giddy when I heard that Bret Bielema took the Arkansas job. If he lost a third Rose Bowl in a row, you know the boosters would have pressured Barry Alvarez to fire him, and the cash-strapped UW would have had to spend millions to buy out his contract, like 14 other schools that have collectively spent $31 million this year to fire their football coaches.
Instead, Arkansas will pay $1 million to Wisconsin. Well played, Barry. Well played. If you manage to coach the team to a victory over Stanford, no one will feel that you're ridiculously overpaid.
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