Pittman's Double Duty

When Alabama's Nick Saban tried to hire Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman away in late Feb., Razorback head coach Bret Bielema and the administration acted fast in finding a way to keep him.

During his post-scrimmage press conference on Saturday, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was asked about how the offensive line was doing under position coach Sam Pittman.

"It's been great attitude, very coachable, anything you could ask for in a football player they have given us," Bielema said. "They have responded very, very well to Coach Pittman. So much I gave him a raise."

That was a joking reference to Pittman almost doubling his salary from $275,000 to $500,000 when Alabama head coach Nick Saban tried to hire him away from the Razorbacks.

Arkansas was able to give Pittman – the former Tennessee assistant - a raise by adding the title recruiting coordinator to work alongside non-assistant Chris Hauser, the director of on-campus recruiting.

"Chris Hauser is my recruiting coordinator – he is the person that is in charge – but the world has changed so much that you can't have one of your non-assistants handle the recruiting coordinator title because there is so much with social media and tracking that goes into it," Bielema said.

"Sam is more of my liason with my coaching staff," Bielema added. "He is a premium recruiter and the more that I can point to Sam and say 'this is how Pitt does it and the rest of you should be following.' It is not going to overburden him with recruiting responsibilities."

Bielema knew he had hired an ace recruiter in Pittman and got even more evidence of that his first day on the job.

"I been very impressed," Bielema said. "I have known Pitt for couple of years and I go back to the day I hired him when he handed me a list of offensive lineman in this signing class that he wanted to go after.

"Whenever we have office duty, he is usually in here an hour before and if he is recruiting 30 offensive linemen than he facebooks 15 and tweets the other 15," Bielema added. "He has just constant communication and his personality – you guys have been around him a little bit – he is engaging."

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