University releases contract of football coach Bielema

The University of Arkansas has released its employment agreement (pdf) with head football coach Bret Bielema, who was hired in December 2012.

The annual salary is $3.2 million plus extensive benefits. Dismissal without cause would cost the University a buyout of up to $12.8 million. The contract term ends December 2018. The whole document is 71 pages long and includes procedures for dismissal for cause (pp. 69-91). Max Brantley at Arkansas Times Blog notes that the release of the contract is a rare gesture of transparency by an institution that only recently refused to release financial information about its football business, invoking the Freedom of Information Act’s “advantage to competitors” exemption.

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