Sam Pittman agrees to extension to remain head coach at Arkansas
Sam Pittman has done great work at Arkansas in his 2 years at the helm of the program, helping the Razorbacks lift themselves up after reaching a historic low point.
Now, following a 9-win season in 2021, Pittman has agreed to a contract that will keep him in Fayetteville for years to come.
Per a release from the school, Pittman’s new base salary is $5 million, with bonuses for win totals and postseason success. Pittman issued a statement thanking the university and AD Hunter Yurachek for believing in him:
“Arkansas is where I want to be, this is my dream job,” Pittman said. “I am so grateful for our University and Hunter for believing in me, our coaches and staff and the program we’re building. We are all excited to continue to build on what we’ve done and continue to make our fans and the whole state of Arkansas proud of our football team.”
Pittman’s new contract will keep him at Arkansas through the end of the 2026 season. But, interestingly, it has a clause that triggers an automatic one-year extension if he leads the Hogs to 7 wins:
The new five-year agreement began retroactively on January 1, 2022 and is effective through December 31, 2026. The agreement would be extended an additional year, through December 31, 2027, if Pittman leads Arkansas to seven wins in any one season (inclusive of a bowl game against a Power 5 or Top 25 team) during the term of the contract.
Will Pittman trigger the extension clause by winning 7 or more games this coming season? We’ll find out when the 2022 campaign kicks off in September.