What you see above is a hand written note from then Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas AD Jeff Long back in September. In the note, Bielema praised Long for the way he handled the Bobby Petrino firing and undoubtedly left a pretty good impression on Long.
Fast forward a couple of months later and that good impression turned into Bielema being named as Arkansas’ new head coach.
Here’s what the letter said:
Just wanted to say that this note is long past due. As I watched your press conference this past spring I wanted to reach out and say how much I respected your actions but more importantly your words. As a head coach I know that my comments are looked at in every way possible. Here at UW I have a great AD because he is a man of his word and asks the same for all of us. Best wishes moving forward and say strong. It was the right call!
P.S. One thing I have learned through my time here at UW is that today’s society wants to win them all, but as Coaches and Administrators we need to balance the Big Picture for all our student athletes!