Former UGA assistant Sam Pittman was officially introduced as the new Arkansas coach on Monday.
Pittman met the reporters for almost 90 minutes, had plenty of references to his time with the Bulldogs, where he was offensive line coach for the last three seasons.
Some UGA fans have been wondering whether or not Pittman may have thrown a verbal jab at the Bulldogs’ woeful offense, when part of his answer about his offensive philosophy at Arkansas included this:
“… But I don’t think you can just turn around down and down and hand the ball off to the tailback and say ‘Let’s go Sic’ Em.’”
Obviously “Sic ‘Em” is a UGA phrase, but maybe he said it unintentionally. In fairness to Pittman, here’s his full answer on what the Arkansas offense could look like next year, per Pig Trail Nation’s Otis Kirk:
“Well, you know if you look at the RPO game with the abilities for your quarterback to run and or throw,” Pittman said. “You know nowadays if you get big, big if you are going 12-plus, if you are going 12-22, 21-plus in this league you better have the real deal because they’re gonna have guys at 320, 330 pounds on the other side. I’m not telling you that the philosophy has gone to spread because that’s a lie, but I think you do have to have the edge covered.
“But I don’t think you can just turn around down and down and hand the ball off to the tailback and say let’s go sic’em. You might be able to do it in the third and fourth quarter, but so what we want is to be versatile. I love the RPO game, I like the quarterback read game. I like the 11 which is one tight end and three wide outs. I like to throw the flash screens and different things that is into the RPO system.”
So if Pittman would’ve ever had the chance to direct the UGA offense, that’s what he would’ve likely tried to install.
Even though Pittman has never been an offensive coordinator in college, his hiring appeared to be a homerun for Arkansas. Pittman was very popular with key Razorback boosters and alumni from his stint from 2013 to 2015 as the Arkansas offensive line coach and assistant head coach under Bret Bielema.
He is considered to be one of the top offensive line coaches in college football, and he is known as an ace recruiter. It’s obviously a big concern for UGA that Pittman’s departure may negatively impact the Bulldogs’ 2020 recruiting class along the offensive line. DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell went in great detail to explain it here.