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Arkansas OL Coach Sam Pittman Leaving For Georgia

Arkansas loses offensive line coach Sam Pittman to Georgia, where he will join new head coach Kirby Smart's staff and join former Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman is leaving for the same position at Georgia, but not before seven Razorback offensvie linemen reportedly went to his home Friday night to ask him to stay.

Pittman is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the country, one of the Razorback staff’s top recruiters and also held the titles of associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas.

 He will join long-time friend and former Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart’s staff.

Smart confirmed the hiring of the two on Saturday afternoon.

"Jim and Sam are highly respected nationally as individual coaches, but together we have a tandem that has worked along side each other before in the SEC and been extremely productive and successful," Smart said in a statement released by Georgia.

Pittman will owe Arkansas a $250,000 buyout to leave and did not have a non-compete clause with other SEC schools in his contract.

Arkansas apparently offered Pittman a raise, but he chose to head to the Bulldogs instead.

He was making $525,000 at Arkansas and reportedly will be making $550,000 at Georgia.

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