Bret Bielema may have coached his final football game at Wisconsin.
Two sources close to the UW program confirmed Bielema has agreed to become the next head coach at Arkansas.
"It's a done deal," one source said, adding the move surprised many athletic department officials.
According to a source, Bielema is expected to sign a contract that will pay him more than $4 million annually at Arkansas. Bielema will have his work cut out for him to get Arkansas back to a competitive state in a very tough SEC Conference.
He is scheduled to make $2.5 million this season at UW, including a base salary of $400,000.
Bielema did not return messages and UW athletic director Barry Alvarez could not be reached. Bielema has led UW to three consecutive Big Ten Conference titles and has posted an overall record of 68-24.
The Razorbacks went 4-8 this season under John L. Smith who was hired on an interim basis after head coach bobby Petrino's scandal broke and was out as coach. Bielema wants to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl against Stanford but there has not been any official word from Barry Alvarez as of yet.
Bielema has strong mid west roots with playing at Iowa and later serving as assistants at Iowa, Kansas State and Wisconsin. In 2006 Barry Alvarez hand picked Bielema to be his replacement when he retired to serve solely as Wiscons AD.
UW officials are already starting to move ahead on a preliminary search for Bielema's replacement. One option could be to have Alvarez to serve as interim head coach until he can once again find a replacement for himself.