One of the things that may have been lost in the deluge of news regarding Bret Bielema was a surprising aspect of his contract. Namely the buyout. I mean, in a world where Kirk Ferentz is locked into the Iowa job until he wants to leave, Bret Bielema only cost $ 1 million to buy out.
I understand that he hasn't won over most of the fan base, especially after he had to rally himself from the hot seat in 2008. But there was a mistake somewhere along the way. I mean, he was coming off of three consecutive 10-win seasons and back-to-back Rose Bowls. It's really kind of stunning that he would be so cheap to buy out.
I suppose it's possible that when Bielema said that he was feeling the heat for this season, there was some subtext. I mean, if he was that easy to wrest, he would have been that easy to fire if disaster struck.
And I suppose one of the interesting questions that will come out of Fayetteville would be how much will it take for the Razorbacks to get rid of him for a moral reason.