Less than an hour after Arkansas lost a shootout to rival Missouri, the program announced that head coach Bret Bielema has been fired.

"Shortly after the completion of today's game, I met with Coach Bret Bielema and informed him of our decision to move forward with new leadership in the Razorbacks Football program," Interim Athletics Director Julie Cromer said in a school release. "During the course of the past five seasons, we have not been able to sustain the success on the field that is expected and required at the University of Arkansas. There is no question that Coach Bielema has been a valued and respected member of our department and has made a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes, including supporting them in their pain pursuit of graduation. We are grateful for this contributions to our program and most importantly his investment in the lives of our student athletes. We wish him the very best both personally and professionally."

Bielema coached five seasons at Arkansas and finished with a 29-33 record. His 4-8 finish this year was the worst since the team went 3-9 in his first year on campus.

The SEC now has three open positions officially with Arkansas, Florida, and Tennessee and could see more come open before the end of the year.