Sam Pittman, Hunter Yurachek comment on non-compete clause in coach's finalized Arkansas contract
Sam Pittman officially won’t be leaving Arkansas for another SEC head coaching job.
Matt Jones of Whole Hog Sports obtained a finalized version of Pittman’s contract, which was signed Monday. Up until this week, Pittman had been working under the offer letter he agreed to in December 2019. As was reported in December, the agreement contains a non-compete clause that prohibits Pittman from taking another SEC job.
Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek told Jones that Pittman had no issue with the language.
“I can remember him saying something to the effect that this was his dream job and last job, he had no intention of looking for employment anywhere else,” Yurachek said.
Jones notes that previous Razorback football coach Chad Morris did not have the same clause in his contract. Pittman’s non-compete clause would be waived if he fired by UA but would remain intact if he stepped down before the end of his deal, which currently runs through Dec. 31, 2024.
“Arkansas is where I want to be and this is the job that I want, so there was no hesitation in a no-compete clause,” Pittman told Jones. “The only program I’m concerned about is the Arkansas Razorbacks and making our team and student-athletes as successful as possible. I think the contract reflects that. I’m so thankful Hunter and the university believe in me and our staff.”