Arkansas’ coaching search has not gone as expected. The Razorbacks are reportedly about to make an unorthodox hire.
According to multiple reports, Arkansas is closing in on a deal with Georgia associated head coach/offensive line coach Sam Pittman. Pittman has been with the Bulldogs since 2016.
From 2013-15, he was the assistant head coach, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas.
Sources: New name has emerged as a strong candidate at Arkansas — Georgia assistant coach Sam Pittman.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 8, 2019
Georgia OL coach Sam Pittman to Arkansas as Hogs new coach is “90 percent done,” source told Stadium. Yahoo 1st reported
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 8, 2019
Pittman’s resume as an offensive line coach is extensive, and he’s been an assistant or associate head coach at a number of different places.
However, the 58-year-old has not been a head coach since a two-year stint at Hutchinson Junior College in 1992-93. Now, he appears to be on the verge of being entrusted with a massive rebuilding job in the toughest division in college football.
Arkansas has not won an SEC game since 2017. The program fired Chad Morris in November after he went 4-18 over less than two seasons.
Lane Kiffin and Mike Norvell were among the names linked to Arkansas throughout the search, but Kiffin wound up signing on at Ole Miss and Norvell is at Florida State. There were reports last night that interim head coach and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. might earn the full-time position.
However, it seems like things are trending in Pittman’s direction.