Sam Pittman explains how Barry Odom has built trust with Arkansas players
Sam Pittman often remarks about how fortunate he is to have such a good group of assistant coaches, who are also good men. One of the most well-known of the group is Barry Odom.
During a segment with “McElroy and Cubelic In the morning” on WJOX out of Birmingham, Alabama, Pittman was then asked about the value that Odom brings in developing a game plan for the opponent.
“The greatest thing about it, Cole, is that he can be multiple and the greatest asset that he has is that his players are in there just waiting for him to say, ‘All right, this is what we’re going to do in the game plan.’ So the belief that he has earned from the defensive kids in this is what we’re gonna do is phenomenal.”
Pittman then recalled a conversation with defensive lineman Tre Williams, who came into Pittman’s office and shared that he believes that the Arkansas players know they can run any defensive formation or scheme, and they trust Odom and the staff, and “that’s the way we’re going to win.”
“It’s really cool, I just walk in to Barry, I say, ‘Hey, what do you think?’ And he’ll tell me and we sit down and talk about it and look at what he saw and how we can attack it,” Pittman said.
Pittman noted that with Arkansas’ 3-man front, it may appear that opponents can run the ball against it, but it hasn’t happened yet. That may not be the case this week at Georgia, but Pittman said, “We’ll figure it out.”