Sam Pittman explains what Arkansas has to do to compete in SEC once again
The Arkansas Razorbacks have had a couple of really rough years in SEC play, going 0-16 between 2018 and 2019 against conference foes.
Now, Sam Pittman has been hired to replace Chad Morris, and it’ll be interesting to see if Pittman can guide the Hogs to an SEC win this fall.
On Wednesday, Pittman joined “The Paul Finebaum Show” on the SEC Network and explained what it would take for the Hogs to get back in the win column in the SEC (via 247Sports):
“I love the staff that we have and I’m very excited about those guys,” Pittman said. “Our team … they’ve worked extremely hard in the offseason. I loved the way they work, they work very hard, they’re attitude’s very good. We’re not a very big football team, we have to get bigger, we have to recruit bigger, but our strength coach does an outstanding job of trying to put some bulk, put some weight on our guys. Because to compete in this league, we have to become a bigger, more physical football team.”
Pittman added that confidence will be a big factor, too:
“I think the biggest thing is we have to build confidence in our football team,” Pittman said. “And that’s hard because we haven’t had a lot of success. But we kinda have to, as much as we can, throw the past and keep it in our taillights if we can. We have to breed trust in our football team, and that was probably the most difficult thing about not having spring ball. We had worked towards trust, we were gonna run through a brick wall together type situation, and with those guys being gone, that’s been difficult.”
We’ll find out this year if Arkansas can avoid three straight 0-8 SEC campaigns.