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Badgers' Bielema heads to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Bret Bielema is taking his brand of power football to Arkansas, leaving Wisconsin after seven seasons.

Arkansas released a statement Tuesday night saying Bielema has agreed to a deal to take over the program reeling following the firing of former coach Bobby Petrino. The the deal is for six years and $3.2 million annually, the Associated Press reported.

Bielema, 42, Barry Alvarez's hand-picked successor at Wisconsin, was 68-24 with the Badgers, with four double-digit win seasons.

"His tough, aggressive style of play has been successful and will be appealing to student-athletes and Razorback fans," Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. "He not only shares the vision and values for the future of Arkansas football, he embraces them."

Bielema is leaving the Big Ten for the SEC and a Razorbacks program that opened the year with hopes of challenging for a national championship only to get mired in the Petrino scandal before stumbling to a 4-8 finish.

Malzahn to Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn has turned to Gus Malzahn to restore a program that made an unprecedented fall two years after winning the national title with Cam Newton operating his high-powered offense to perfection.

Malzahn was the Tigers' offensive coordinator during their 2010 national championship run before heading to Arkansas State for his first college head coaching position. He received a five-year deal worth $2.3 million annually.

"I recruited a lot of them and have very good relationships," said Malzahn, 47. "I just told them our expectations are to win championships. Whatever happened last year happened last year. It's a new day."

BC HIRES OWLS COACH: Boston College hired Steve Addazio away from Temple to be its coach. Addazio, a Connecticut native, went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls since taking over for Al Golden, including 9-4 and a New Mexico Bowl victory in his first season.

EXTENSION FOR FISHER: Florida State is close to giving coach Jimbo Fisher his second contract extension in a year. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that FSU has been in talks for a few days with Fisher's representatives about a one-year extension.

GATORS HONORED: Senior running back Mike Gillislee, the Gators' first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004, is among five Florida players selected first-team All-SEC by league coaches. Joining him are junior defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd, junior defensive back Matt Elam, kicker Caleb Sturgis and punter Kyle Christy. Junior tight end Jordan Reed was a second team selection on offense, and senior linebacker Jon Bostic was second team on defense.

PONDERING FUTURE: Cincinnati coach Butch Jones was weighing his options after returning to campus following two days of interviews at Purdue and Colorado. Jones declined to talk about his interviews or his future at a news conference about the Dec. 27 Belk Bowl against Duke.

IDAHO: New head coach Paul Petrino will be paid at least $390,000 annually in a three-year contract approved by the Idaho State Board of Education.

MINNESOTA: Quarterback Max Shortell has decided to transfer after losing his job to freshman Philip Nelson.

NOTRE DAME: Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. The defense under Diaco has allowed the fewest touchdowns in the country and is sixth overall in total defense.

OHIO STATE: Heisman Trophy winner and former Titans star running back Eddie George is returning to his alma mater as assistant vice president for business advancement.

PENN STATE: The Maxwell Football Club plans to honor the team's seniors for their commitment and leadership during a challenging season. The 31 seniors will receive the Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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