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Former Badgers coach Bret Bielema enjoying NFL life with New England Patriots

July 15, 2018

Bret Bielema is enjoying the NFL so much, he may never go back to college football, CBS Sports reported in this story.

Bielema, who was fired by the Arkansas Razorbacks at the end of last season, has been working with the New England Patriots in a still undefined role.

Bielema’s name has come up as a popular choice to replace David Beaty, Kansas’ embattled coach, as new Kansas athletic director Jeff Long hired Bielema at Arkansas in 2013.

But CBS reported that sources close to the 48-year-old former Badgers coach would not be returning to college football with his former boss at KU.

The story said that whether Bielema goes back to college football at all appears to be a long shot, too.

“The thing I love about football in the NFL is you go to work at 6 a.m. and you leave at 9 (p.m.) and it’s nothing but football,” Bielema told CBS Sports. “It’s just purely football.”

Pro Football Talk said that Bielema will “likely” have a spot on the defensive side of the ball with the Patriots.

Bielema, whose buyout agreement with Arkansas totaled nearly $12 million, went 29-34 overall in five seasons with the Razorbakcks, 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference.

Prior to his stint in Fayetteville, he posted a 68-24 record at Wisconsin from 2006-12, won three straight Big Ten Conference championships from 2010-12 and led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl after each of those titles.

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