Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek fed up with high buyouts, explains how Sam Pittman's buyout will work
When college football coaches get fired, they’re still typically getting a big payday from their contract buyout.
Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek isn’t a fan of that, and he made that clear during a press conference on Monday that followed the introduction of Sam Pittman as the Razorbacks’ new head coach.
“I said from Day One at my press conference that I don’t think we should pay a full buyout to coaches who aren’t successful at the job we hire them for,” Yurachek told the media. “We’ve got to stop in this industry these huge buyouts.”
That’s why Pittman’s contract with the Razorbacks will be different. If Arkansas were to fire Pittman after it lost more than half its games, Pittman would only receive 50 percent of his remaining salary. If it came after it won more than half its games, he would receive 75 percent.
Yurachek also stated at his press conference that Pittman was on board with the team-friendly contract, noting that the new Arkansas head coach is old school and had no issues with the deal.
Pittman’s only other stint as a head coach came at Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) from 1992-93. He’s been a longtime college assistant, which includes stops at Tennessee (2012), Arkansas (2013-15) and Georgia (2016-19). He was the offensive line coach for each of those SEC programs.
Now, Pittman will try to turn around a Razorbacks team that has gone 4-20 over the past two seasons. And he’ll have some financial motivation to do so, too.