Ex-Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has filed a $7 million lawsuit in Arkansas federal court against the Arkansas Razorback Foundation, the non-profit fundraising arm for Arkansas athletics. According to Variety, whose sister outlet Sportico obtained the court records, Bielema claims that the foundation breached its contract when it stopped paying him the remaining portion of the nearly $12 million buyout the two sides agreed upon when Bielema was fired following the 2017 season. The lawsuit claims that the foundation stopped paying the monthly installments of his buyout in January 2019 after receiving approximately $4.3 million, leaving approximately $7.7 million left on the agreement.
Bielema, who was Arkansas's head coach from 2013-17, was let go following a 4-8 season that saw the Razorbacks go 1-7 in SEC play. The buyout agreement stipulates that Bielema actively search for a comparable job upon his firing, which the foundation claims has not happened. Bielema was hired by the New England Patriots in 2018 with the title of "consultant to the head coach." He was promoted to defensive line coach last season, and recently was hired by the New York Giants to coach outside linebackers.