Patriots manage to keep emails in Bret Bielema legal fight secret, for now

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The fight between Arkansas and former head coach Bret Bielema continues to ensnare the Patriots. Recently, however, the Patriots scored a win in court — albeit possibly temporary.

Via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, a judge ruled Tuesday that emails between coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft will remain private.

The Patriots had argued that the emails “contain competitively sensitive and personal information — including compensation paid to another member of the team’s coaching staff,” and that the team “would suffer competitive and commercial harm if this information is made publicly available.”

The judge determined to give the Patriots “the benefit of the doubt” for now, but the judge left the door open to make the emails or the information taken from them public, as the litigation proceeds.

Arkansas believes that Bielema and his agent, Neil Cornrich, hatched a “scheme” that would “place Bielema in a low-paying position with the Patriots while he was still receiving payments from the [Razorback] Foundation.” The Patriots have denied any shenanigans or chicanery.

Bielema has a buyout in the amount of $11.935 million, with offsets on any income before $150,000 per year. The Patriots paid Bielema $125,000 per year.

The Razorback Foundation stopped paying Bielema in 2019, after giving him roughly $4.55 million. Bielema wants the balance, and the Razorback Foundation wants all of its money back.

Meanwhile, good luck to the folks at Arkansas when the time comes to hire a new head coach and to persuade him to take the leap of faith that he eventually won’t have to fight for his money, if he’s fired prematurely.

19 responses to “Patriots manage to keep emails in Bret Bielema legal fight secret, for now

  1. Not sure why this is not already wrapped up. Was there language in his contract stating that Bielema was required to make a certain dollar amount in any offset job that he took? If not then pay him and pay him damages and interest as well.

  2. Bielema was not fired prematurely. Can’t really blame Arkansas since they’ve nearly always been just desperate enough not to do their due diligence on football hires. But what the hell is Illinois’ excuse?

  3. This is hilarious. Even contracts and another person’s contract elsehwere magically involves NE.

    When will the harrassment ever end?

  4. Fired coaches do this all the time and it’s pathetic for Arkansas to make an issue out of it. Good luck never getting decent coaching candidates again… take it from a University of Tennessee fan.

  5. This is good stuff all around.

    Collegiate football is just the NFL G-League so it is funny to see the Pats screw over the “areKansas University” boosters.

    Also, splice in the Patriots up to the usually shenanigans & it is worth following up on.

  6. Arkansas has a legit coach already who is 2x better than Bielema anyway so were good…..Woo Pig!!!

  7. Knowing that Arkansas was on the hook for millions it makes good business sense to pay Bielima very little to coach for the Pats. To do otherwise would be business malpractice.

  8. A former SEC head coach would probably make a lot more than $125 K if he was on an NFL staff. Probably closer to $1.25 million, the way coaches are being paid nowadays. You’re supposed to pay market value for a guy, and then Arkansas pays the balance. Right? I couldn’t imagine an organization like Tampa Bay acting like that.

  9. Wait. Arkansas wants to tick off an NFL team that might draft one of their players one day? That’s gonna be a great recruiting pitch. Seriously, over a few lousy dollars?

  10. too many people do not seem to understand standard operating procedures and are just wanting to pile on the patriots- all teams do this exact thing when hiring fired coaches from the college ranks to think otherwise points to malice in your heart or simply not having enough wattage upstairs

  11. Counsel call it the Goodell Pitch: no evidence, so suggest the Patriots were somehow devious.

  12. So this fight is over the $25K difference between the comp limit in Bielema’s contract and the $125K he was actually paid? Are the Razorbacks nuts to spend far more than that on the litigation plus getting a black eye too?

  13. “Fired coaches do this all the time and it’s pathetic for Arkansas to make an issue out of it.”
    ___________

    Its becoming an ugly trend with some truly crazy stuff going on. Kansas’ coach before Les Miles was owed a couple million (which is peanuts) but they tried to stiff him going so far as launching an investigation of themselves trying to claim that was enough to make the firing for cause. It took a couple years for the guy to finally get paid.

  14. Lets be honest, how many NFL coaches are paid $125K/yr. Clearly the Pats are working the system. Is that even remotely a surprise?

  15. touchback6 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 9:28 pm
    This is hilarious. Even contracts and another person’s contract elsehwere magically involves NE.

    When will the harrassment ever end?

    ————

    Yeah cuz they’re such a threat.

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