Arkansas Football Has Not Arrived, ‘No, No,’ Says Coach Sam Pittman, ‘Far From That’

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ATLANTA — The Arkansas Razorbacks won more games last season at 9-4 than they had in the previous three years combined by two games.

But Coach Sam Pittman is not sitting on his laurels or on that Hog statue outside his vacation home on Lake Hamilton.

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“No,” he said flatly when asked if Arkansas has arrived. “No, no, no. Arkansas is just trying to compete, get better, fight hard.”

The Razorbacks beat Penn State, 24-10, in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 for their first traditional New Year’s Day bowl win since a 29-16 win over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6, 2012, four coaches ago under John L. Smith. Arkansas also had wins over ranked teams Texas and Mississippi State and finished 4-4 in the SEC West – their best league mark since 5-3 in 2015.


“We’re underdogs,” said Pittman, who enters his third season on Sept. 3 against Cincinnati. “No, no, no, we’re far from that (an arrival). Not that.”

Pittman said yes to another question – if he would like incoming SEC teams Oklahoma and Texas to be permanent opponents when they arrive in the league in 2024 or ’25. The state of Arkansas borders both, and the Razorbacks and Texas used to be in the former Southwest Conference.

“Yes,” he said. “That would be pretty cool. Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri (another border state) would be really neat. Playing Oklahoma, that would be a really cool deal, growing up in the state of Oklahoma.”

Pittman, 60, was born in El Reno, Oklahoma.

One of the future schedule models with Oklahoma and Texas that the SEC is considering is three permanent opponents and five or six rotating in an eight- or nine-game format.

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Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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