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The University of Arkansas and the Razorback football fans have been through a rough decade.  Yes, it’s been a decade since the Razorbacks were a team in the SEC to talk about or even circle the game on the schedule for opposing teams.  New Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek has finally made a hire to replace Chad Morris after 2 years of turmoil  in Northwest Arkansas on the Hill.  Arkansas fans and players would like to welcome back Sam Pittman to the Razorback football program, but this time as our Head Coach!

Pittman was previously the Assistant Head Coach, O-Line coach, and Recruiting Coordinator in 2013-2015. That was the time when every channel that covered the Razorbacks had to mention the biggest and best O-line in all of football.  Through his years working with offensive lineman, there has been over a dozen different lineman go to the NFL and not just compete, but play for great teams.  Unfortunately, Pittman left for an SEC East contender for the past few years, the  Georgia Bulldogs in 2016, and did not really show a sign of leaving.

Though all the names that have been rumored in the coaching search for the Razorbacks, this would have to be one of the best ones, and one that makes the most since.  Not Matt Campbell, not Mike Leach, not Lane Kiffin, and definitely not Butch Jones.  There is no going back to Nutt or Petrino.  The Hogs were going on year two of having a good and possibly great recruiting class.  Why not have one of the best recruiters Arkansas has ever had be the leader in the rebuilding process and get the Hogs going in the right direction? 

When Sam Pittman was last at the University of Arkansas, he was the Assistant Head Coach, O-line coach, and Recruiting coordinator.  He has been considered one of the nation’s best offensive line coaches and recruiters, he spent three seasons with these job titles at Arkansas previously.  In his three previous seasons at Arkansas, his offensive lines have led the SEC in fewest sacks allowed.  When you look at the stats from his previous O-lines, you can just wonder what he can do with a whole team.  No matter who the hire was going to be, there was going to be some fans thrilled and some fans that are not happy about it.  This hire might be one that everyone could agree on.  There may not be the “Head Coach” on the resume, but he has been a part of numerous great football teams, and Arkansas is happy to welcome him to the Hill… again.

Justin Garrison
Football Sports Writer for Natural State Sports Co-Host of Thursday night live show "The Sports Junkies" along side Steve Hinson