Bret Bielema is a polarizing figure in Wisconsin.
While coaching the Wisconsin Badgers football team, first as defensive coordinator from 2004-05 and then as head coach from 2006-2012, Bielema led the team to winning records, national prominence, Big Ten and major bowl victories, and coached players who went on to be NFL superstars like J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson.
But one thing no Badgers fan will soon forget was his abrupt and jarring departure from the program to take the head coaching job at Arkansas at the end of the 2012 season. His decision left the team and fans in the lurch as they were preparing for the team's third-straight trip to the Rose Bowl, forcing athletic director Barry Alvarez to step in and coach the team.
The hard feelings were exacerbated in September 2013 when Jen Bielema, Bret's wife, posted #karma on Twitter after the Badgers' bitter and controversial loss to Arizona State.
Bielema was fired following his fifth season with the Razorbacks. He worked for the NFL’s New England Patriots as a consultant in 2018 and a defensive line coach in 2019 before taking a job as the outside linebackers coach for the New York Giants.
Here's a look back at Bielema's record as a college coach, first with UW and then with Arkansas.