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.
That's not to say he was universally loved by Badgers fans throughout his tenure. But it is hard to argue with the record.
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.
Since then, Badgers fans have watched with what can only be described as schadenfreude as the prodigal coach has struggled at his new SEC home.
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.
Now that Bielema has been fired following his fifth season with the Razorbacks, let's take a look back over his record as coach, first with UW and then with Arkansas.