Report: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s buyout is $5.9 million at end of season

Apparently, if Arkansas decides to fire coach Bret Bielema at the end of this season, it wouldn’t be quite as expensive as previously thought.

Bielema’s buyout would cost $5.9 million, not the $15.4 million that was previously reported, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. While the Razorbacks’ coach would still get a nice payday, it’s not nearly as much as what the total was thought to have been.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had a legal counsel evaluate Bielema’s contract, which shows the buyout amount decreasing by about $159,000 per month. The $15.4 million figure is used as the basis to calculate the buyout figure. So, by multiplying $159,000 times the number of months remaining on the contract, the buyout figure would be $5.9 million.

It remains to be seen whether the Razorbacks will part ways with Bielema, but they have certainly struggled this season. They’re 2-3 after last week’s loss at South Carolina, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier with a matchup at No. 1 Alabama this Saturday.

Bielema is 27-29 in five seasons as Arkansas’ coach.

The Razorbacks and Crimson Tide kick off this Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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