Bret Bielema appears to have landed a new gig. It’s a surprising one.
The former Arkansas coach is working with an NFL team. He was spotted at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week and now he’s been spotted at Alabama’s pro day.
The New England Patriots appear to have hired the former SEC head coach to work with them as a scout. It’s unclear if this role is a full-time thing or something just for the offseason.
A couple of former head coaches were at Alabama’s pro day today.
Along with Butch Jones, I’ve spotted Bret Bielema and Rich Rodriguez at Alabama’s Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/tNadxzD7Eh
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) March 7, 2018
Belichick walked in with former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema pic.twitter.com/imsPRCn1KG
— Nic Gulas (@Nic_Gulas) March 7, 2018
247Sports’ Brad Crawford says that Bielema is a “representative” for the Patriots at Alabama’s pro day.
Bielema is a 'representative' for the New England Patriots at Bama's Pro Day. https://t.co/rDN8SNq00l
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) March 7, 2018
This is what NESN.com said about Bielema and the Patriots.
“Former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema attended the combine as a representative of the Patriots, a source told NESN.com.
Bielema was fired by Arkansas on Nov. 24 after five seasons with the school. He previously coached Wisconsin from 2006 to 2012. Despite Bielema showing up to Indianapolis with the Patriots, there’s no guarantee he’ll be added to the coaching staff. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is close to Bielema and might have just been doing the former college coach a solid by bringing him to the combine. Greg Schiano attended the combine with the Patriots in 2014 after being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and never joined Belichick’s staff.”
Perhaps Bielema is auditioning for a full-time role. Or maybe it’s just something to keep him busy for now.