Arkansas Sticks with Sam Pittman Despite 4-7 Season
The University of Arkansas has announced that head football coach Sam Pittman will be retained for the 2024 season, despite a disappointing 4-7 record. Athletic director Hunter Yurachek shared the news with the Razorbacks players, who were reportedly excited about the decision.
Commitment to Improvement
In a statement, Yurachek acknowledged that this season did not meet expectations and emphasized the need for improvement. He expressed confidence in Pittman’s ability to lead the program towards its goals and expectations.
If Pittman had been fired after the season, he would have been owed $16.1 million. However, due to his overall record being above .500 since the start of the 2021 season, he will only be owed around $10.7 million.
Changes in Coaching Staff
Pittman made significant changes to his coaching staff during the offseason. Defensive coordinator Barry Odom left to become the head coach at UNLV, while offensive coordinator Kendal Briles departed to join TCU. Pittman hired Travis Williams from UCF as the new defensive coordinator and brought in Dan Enos from Maryland as the offensive coordinator. However, Enos was fired last month after a loss to Mississippi State. Receivers coach Kenny Guiton took over offensive play-calling duties.
The Razorbacks experienced a mix of success and disappointment throughout the season. They secured their first-ever win in Gainesville against Florida but suffered a significant loss to Auburn. In their most recent game, they defeated Florida International.
Avoiding the Coaching Market
Pittman’s retention means that Arkansas will not be joining the market for a new coach, which already includes SEC programs Texas A&M and Mississippi State.
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