Bielema has Contract Extended Through 2016 Season

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 --- 7:09p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has extended the contract of football coach Bret Bielema through the end of the 2016 season.

Bielema, who got a raise to $2.5 million last February, had his five-year deal extended through Jan. 31, 2017. Bielema led the Badgers to their first back-to-back Rose Bowls in a dozen years.

The Badgers lost to Oregon, 45-38 on Jan. 2.

Wisconsin is 60-19 in six seasons since Bielema was promoted from defensive coordinator to replace the retiring Barry Alvarez.

A year ago, Bielema's contract was also extended by a year, through Jan. 31, 2016.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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