FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas fired football coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing seasons, moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday.
Arkansas finished 4-8, capping the second losing season of Bielema's 12-year career. He went 29-34 with the Razorbacks, including 11-29 in the SEC.
It was a shockingly poor performance from a coach who led Wisconsin to three Rose Bowl appearances before being hired at Arkansas after the 2012 season.
Interim athletic director Julie Cromer Peoples informed Bielema of his firing.
Bielema had signed with Arkansas through the 2020 season, thanks to an extension he signed after his second season in 2014 when the Razorbacks improved to 7-6 after a 3-9 record in his first year. "I definitely want to coach again," he said. "I don't know (what's next); I've never been in this situation."
QB HAS SURGERY: Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had surgery on his dislocated right ankle a day after being carted off the field during a home loss to Mississippi. The junior is expected to make a full recovery.
Basketball: USF cruises
TAMPA — Malik Martin scored a career-high 24 on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double double, and USF pulled away from Arkansas State 72-61.
Tulio Da Silva added 13 points and Paton Banks 12 for the Bulls (4-2), who made 5 of 8 shots in the final eight minutes and 7 of 8 free throws in the final two to hold off the Red Wolves (2-4).
"I thought we played well," coach Brian Gregory said. "One-day preparation against a team that does all the stuff that they do, it's a tough prep for us. But I thought our guys were organized, they were disciplined in what we needed to do, they executed what we wanted."
FSU 113, CITADEL 78: Terance Mann and Braian Angola scored 21 each for the Seminoles (5-0), who opened the game with a 12-0 run and won their 24th straight at home.
NO. 23 W.?VA. 83, UCF 45: James Bolden scored 17 and the Mountaineers (5-1) routed the Knights (4-1) in a semifinal at the Advocare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista.
NO. 1 DUKE 85, TEXAS 78, OT: Freshman Marvin Bagley had a career-high 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and the Blue Devils (7-0) rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore.
NO. 3 KANSAS 102, OAKLAND (Mich.) 59: Udoka Azubuike had a career-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds, seven players reached double figures in scoring and the Jayhawks (5-0) won their 24th straight nonconference home game.
NO. 5 'NOVA 64, N. IOWA 50: Mikal Bridges scored 18 and the Wildcats (6-0) pulled away down the stretch in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
NO. 9 UNC 87, ARKANSAS 68: Luke Maye had career highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Tar Heels (5-0) in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore.
Women: Bulls take control early
ESTERO — No. 17 USF opened with a 19-0 run and routed Washington State 82-45 in the quarterfinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Kitija Laska scored 23 for the Bulls (5-0), who didn't give up a point to the Cougars (1-4) until early in the second quarter and led 35-8 halftime. USF's Enna Pehadzic scored seven in her collegiate debut after sitting out last season with a right knee injury. The Bulls play Notre Dame at 7:30 tonight in the semifinals.
NO. 13 FSU 101, SACRED HEART 52: Shakayla Thomas had 28 points and eight rebounds, and the host Seminoles improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2012-13.
NO. 2 TEXAS 75, LSU 66: Ariel Atkins scored 17 and Jatarie White added 14 for the Longhorns (4-0) in the Las Vegas Shootout.
NO. 3 S.C. 78, RUTGERS 68: A'ja Wilson scored a career-high 33, Lindsey Spann added 17 and the Gamecocks (5-0) survived a serious test in the quarterfinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
NO. 4 L'VILLE 115, MURRAY ST. 51: Kylee Shook scored a career-high 21 and the host Cardinals (6-0) set a school record for points.
NO. 5 UCLA 64, KANSAS ST. 55: Monique Billings had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bruins (4-1) in the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas.
NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 77, ETSU 46: Jessica Shepard scored 15 to lead four players in double figures as the Irish (4-0) moved into the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
No. 7 Miss. STATE 90, Columbia 54: Victoria Vivians scored 23 to lift the Bulldogs (5-0) at the Cancun (Mexico) Challenge.
NO. 9 OHIO ST. 104, FGCU 62: Kelsey Mitchell scored 34 and hit her NCAA-record 399th 3 for the Buckeyes (6-1) in the Play4Kay Shootout in Las Vegas.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Florida (17-7-0) lost 2-0 at South Carolina for a spot in next week's NCAA tournament national semifinals in Orlando.