Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek announced on Sunday that Sam Pittman will be the next head coach of Arkansas.
Pittman has been the offensive line coach at Georgia since 2016. Pittman has been well-regarded as one of the best position coaches in the country and one of the top recruiters on Georgia’s staff.
Pittman greeted Arkansas fans with one of his classic “Yessir!!!” which became a popular way for Pittman to announce a commitment in his time at Georgia.
Excited to OFFICIALLY announce Sam Pittman as our new Head Football Coach. Great days ahead for the Hogs with Sam and Jamie as a part of the Razorback family again! #OneRazorback pic.twitter.com/763JrRrpaR
— Hunter Yurachek (@HunterYurachek) December 9, 2019
Pittman was one of Kirby Smart’s first hires when he arrived at Georgia. He has been the offensive line coach for Smart’s entire tenure. During that time, Georgia has had one of the best offensive lines in the country. The Bulldogs were finalists for the Joe Moore Award last year, which goes to the nation’s top offensive line.
In his time at Georgia, Pittman has also developed the likes of Isaiah Wynn, Andrew Thomas and Lamont Gaillard into some of the top offensive linemen in the SEC. Georgia had the fewest sacks allowed during the regular season this year, and have been one of the best rushing teams in the country.
Pittman has a history with Arkansas, as he served as the offensive line coach from 2013-15. After Pittman left Arkansas, the program fell off and Bret Bielema was fired just two years after Pittman left. The Razorbacks last winning season came when Pittman was on staff.
Arkansas is likely hoping Pittman can be its version of Ed Orgeron. Like the current LSU coach, Pittman is an excellent recruiter and motivator as well as one of the top position coaches. LSU just won the SEC for the first time since 2011, with Orgeron leading the way.
As for what this means for Georgia, the Bulldogs have five offensive line commits in their 2020 recruiting cycle. Those are 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones, 4-star tackle Tate Ratledge, 4-star tackle Josh Braun, 4-star tackle Chad Lindberg and 4-star center Sedrick Van Pran.
All have spoken about how important Pittman was to their recruitment and is likely to factor into their decisions. The early signing period begins on Dec. 18.
Georgia’s offensive line could look very different next year, as Thomas, Isaiah Wilson, Solomon Kindley and Ben Cleveland are all draft-eligible. Thomas is widely expected to be the first offensive tackle taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.
DawgNation spoke with both Thomas and Wilson after the SEC championship game loss to LSU on Saturday.
Georgia’s offense struggled mightily this year, and that was very apparent against LSU on Saturday. The 10 points scored were the fewest Georgia has scored in a game dating back to 2016, Smart’s first season at Georgia.
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