Pittman Joining Chaney At Arkansas


FAYETTEVILLE — Jim Chaney isn't the only former Tennessee assistant coming to Arkansas.

The Razorbacks have introduced Sam Pittman as the program's offensive line coach this afternoon.

Pittman spent the 2012 season coaching the same position at Tennessee, while Chaney was its offensive coordinator. Pittman was at North Carolina from 2007-11.

"Sam Pittman has earned a reputation as one of the finest offensive line coaches and one of the most relentless recruiters in the nation,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in a press release. “His time with Jim Chaney is another bonus as we move forward with the development of our offensive philosophy. He has been a part of great programs where he played a major role in assembling highly ranked recruiting classes. He has demonstrated the ability to help linemen make remarkable improvement in a short amount of time. He also is able to relate to his players and simplify the game for them, which will benefit our aggressive offensive attack.”

Pittman was in charge of a Tennessee offensive line that allowed eight sacks last season, which led the SEC and was the fourth-lowest total in the nation.

Pittman has an extensive coaching resume. In addition to Tennessee and North Carolina, he has worked at Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Western Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Northern Illinois since 1996.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau