Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Arkansas hires Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman to take over Hogs

Arkansas hires Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman to take over Hogs

When it came to replacing the fired Chad Morris, Arkansas, as it turned out, didn't have to look outside of the SEC.

Pittman was promoted to Georgia's associate head coach in February and is the highest paid offensive line coach in the FBS with an annual salary of $900,000.

Arkansas is likely to hire Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman as its new head coach, a source told Stadium's Brett McMurphy.

Recruiting: Is widely considered one of the best recruiters in the nation - has helped Georgia assemble four consecutive top 10 recruiting classes.

Pittman, 58, was announced the Razorbacks' new coach on Sunday.

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After the Razorbacks struggled to a 3-9 record (0-8 in the SEC) in 2013, they improved to 7-6 (2-6) in 2014 and 8-5 (5-3) in 2015 with bowl victories over Texas and Kansas State. Arkansas fired former coach Chad Morris on November 10, midway through his second season with the program, and Pittman picked up steam as Arkansas' leading candidate over the last 24 hours following Georgia's SEC Championship Game loss to LSU.

Arkansas had also talked to Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach, among others, about its head coaching job.

"He's a joy to be around". Several former Arkansas players, some of whom have played in the National Football League, sent letters to Arkansas officials expressing support for Pittman. Pittman received a raise to stay with the Razorbacks.

The hiring marks a return to Fayetteville for Pittman as he was a member of Bret Bielema's first coaching staff in 2013. He has been a high school head coach in Princeton, Mo., and Trenton, Mo., and at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

Pittman was an NAIA All-American player at Pittsburg (Kan.) State, where he earned his degree in education in 1986.

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