Sam Pittman on neutral site game against A&M: 'I don't feel great about it'
Arkansas has a huge game on the schedule this Saturday against No. 7 Texas A&M.
After traveling to College Station a year ago, the No. 16 Razorbacks won’t get a home game against the Aggies this year, however.
The game will instead take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, due to an existing contract between the programs.
On Monday, during his weekly press conference, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman was asked about the neutral site game and he didn’t hide his feelings.
“I don’t feel great about it, to be honest with you,” Pittman said. “I get the situation. I understand last year. … We’re in a contract. I get that.”
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman on going to Texas A&M last year but not getting the home game back, instead returning to neutral site AT&T Stadium per the game contract: "I don't feel great about it."
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Pittman said his biggest issue is that while his team technically has 3 home games among its next 5, only 1 of those games will be played at Razorback Stadium.
“If you really look at the situation over our next 5 games, we have 3 home games and only play in (Razorback Stadium) once,” Pittman said. “I believe if we’re in this stadium, we’re hard to beat because of our fans.”
Pittman, however, was quick to point out that while some will criticize him for complaining or making excuses if his team loses, that’s not the case.
“Listen, everyone will think, ‘Oh, coach is throwing out excuses.’ No I’m not,” Pittman said. “We haven’t played the game yet. I feel very confident that we can go in and play well at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. I do. But I would I rather have them in (Razorback Stadium)? Yes.”