UPDATE: Details of Pittman’s contract have been released.
Contract details for #SamPittman:— Dorian Craft (@doriancraft) December 9, 2019
-5 years, 3M annually
-Raise of 250k for 6 wins
-Raise of 500k for 7 wins
-Raise of 750k for 8+ wins
Pittman will also gets 1 year ext. if Hogs make bowl game (could happen up to 2 times during initial term)
Info per @ByBerkowitz@THV11 #WPS
UPDATE: The Razorbacks will introduce Pittman tomorrow at a press conference at 3pm CST.
After a long, grueling, and speculation-filled coaching search, Arkansas fans have their answer. Sam Pittman will be the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorback football team and attempt to lead the program out of arguably the worst stretch in it’s history.
Pittman is no stranger to the Razorbacks. He was an Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Offensive Line Coach under Bret Bielema from 2013 - 2015. He returns to Arkansas from the University of Georgia where he was named as an Associate Head Coach this season and has presided over the offensive line since since 2016.
Pittman is known as one of the best recruiters in college football and Georgia’s last 3 recruiting class certainly reflect that. Their 2017 class was ranked #3 overall, their 2018 class was #1 overall, and their 2019 class was #2 overall. He’s able to recruit great offensive line talent, something Arkansas desperately needs. In the past two seasons, four of his players have earned either All-America and/or All-SEC status and many feel Arkansas’ offensive woes truly began after he left to take the job at Georgia.
The Bulldogs have appeared in the the last 3 SEC Championship games, winning it and appearing in the College Football Championship in 2017.
Pittman was not high on many initial lists of Arkansas’ next potential coach when the search began. However, after it appeared that Arkansas missed out on several other candidates, Pittman began generating particularly strong interest from the program and the Hogs finally got their man. He checks the boxes of perceived toughness, recruiting success and SEC experience. He’s widely respected among his peers and former players, and we’ll be very interested to see what coordinator hires emerge as his staff is formed, because he’s going to need great people around him.
The University of Arkansas is expected to make the formal announcement later this evening. The early signing period begins December 18th.
This post will be updated as more details of the hire are confirmed.
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