​Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was notoriously fired last November ​mere minutes after the Razorbacks 48-45 loss to the Missouri Tigers.


While he was not officially hired in any capacity, he has been working with an NFL team, and he is now set to earn a permanent role with the organization.


According to reports, the New England Patriots are set to hire Bielema to be a part of the team's coaching staff.

​​Bielema was lending a helping hand to the Patriots during the lead-up to the NFL Draft and has stayed on since. In fact, Bielema will coach in New England's rookie minicamp this weekend.


It is unknown what specific role he will take on the coaching staff, but based off his resume, it will likely be as a member of the defensive coaching staff. Bielema served as a defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State, and linebackers coach at Iowa. Following those stints, he served as head coach to both Wisconsin and the aforementioned Arkansas.

While there is no official word from the Patriots organization, expect an announcement in the near future in regard to Bielema's role on the coaching staff.