Reports: Arkansas has identified 'top candidate' for head coaching job
According to multiple reports, Arkansas has identified Georgia associate head coach and offensive line coach Sam Pittman as the top candidate for the vacancy.
In fact, college football insider Brett McMurphy says that it’s “90 percent done,” too. So, the Hogs may have a new head coach soon.
Georgia OL coach Sam Pittman to Arkansas as Hogs new coach is “90 percent done,” source told Stadium. Yahoo 1st reported
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 8, 2019
Pittman is a well traveled SEC assistant who’s known as a really good offensive line coach and a dynamic ace recruiter. Pittman has SEC experience at Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri, among other places, during his long career.
He coached the offensive line and was the recruiting coordinator for the Hogs from 2013-15.
ESPN’s Chris Low says Pittman is the leading candidate for the position.
Sources tell ESPN that Sam Pittman, Georgia’s associate head coach and offensive line coach, has emerged as the top candidate for the Arkansas head coaching job. Pittman was at Arkansas from 2013-15 as assistant head coach, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 8, 2019
The Hogs pursued Lane Kiffin hard, but he opted for the Ole Miss job. Arkansas has also been interested in current interim head coach Barry Lunney Jr., Appalachian State’s Eli Drinkwitz and FIU’s Butch Davis; however, it appears that Pittman has jumped to the forefront as the leading candidate.