New Bielema deal 6 years, $4 million

The University of Arkansas has extended head football coach Bret Bielema's contract two years through the 2020 season.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas has extended head football coach Bret Bielema's contract two years through the 2020 season.

As part of the new contract, Bielema will make $4 million annually beginning this year with $100,000 increases each subsequent year, capped at $4.5 million in the final year of his contract.

The university would owe Bielema $15.4 million if he is fired in the next three seasons. Bielema would owe the university $4 million if he accepts a new job by the end of this year, with that number dropping by $1 million the next three years.

He could make up to an additional $1 million per year in incentives.

Bielema is 10-15 in two seasons as the Razorbacks' head coach. Arkansas is 2-14 in SEC games during that time.

The university has also extended contracts for seven of its assistant football coaches since the Razorbacks won the Texas Bowl in December. Two assistant coaches left for different jobs following the season.

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