RD/Dudley, a question

The new December signing period for football kicks in this year, and it sounds like BB expects to have most of our class signed then. Do you think that would play any role in the decision as Jeff Long decides whether to look for a new head coach, or the timing of such a move if he does pull the trigger? I guess he could wait until January, which would cut the buyout in half and the class would be largely signed, but I would also think that the signing class would bail out en masse if Bielema is axed in January. Your thoughts, recognizing that this is pure speculation?

If a decision is made to let the current head coach go and the money found to facilitate that, I have no doubts it would happen quickly and the buyout would be tinkered with at that point.

According to what has been posted the buyout would go from $15M to $11.7M on January 1, so it wouldn’t be cut in half.

I’ve asked multiple times, but haven’t seen it answered.

I’ve heard talk of lawyers who recently went over the contract (maybe bnot recently, but went over regardless) and found that there is a clause that somehow cuts the buyout in half. It’s not anything to do with the January 1 deduction either. I don’t know what circumstances have to be met or if it’s even true.

Would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of this, or knows someone who has also heard of it.

I heard about it on the radio, I believe Bo Mattinglys show.

about what was said.

There are different lawyers they have consulted that read the contract differently.

If he is bought out, they would most certainly be negotiations - maybe more upfront money and less on the back end.

Maybe even less than the original amount, but it is going to still be a whopping amount

Thanks, Dudley.

I don’t see any 1/2 price in this contract, and the extension just changed the salary and buyout.

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/public/ … ntract.PDF

Hmm. I found one source that said $7.9 million in 2018, but another one that said $11.7 million. Either way, it’s still a lot of money. This one is where I got the $7.9 million figure:

<LINK_TEXT text=“https://www.cbssports.com/college-footb … ough-2020/”>https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/arkansas-gives-bret-bielema-raise-extension-through-2020/</LINK_TEXT>

But here’s the $11.7 number:

https://twitter.com/Kurt_Voigt_AP/status/564092842428366849