Pittman closes practice to media to ‘limit distractions’

One thing that Sam Pittman elected to do in preparation for Saturday’s 11 a.m. tilt with Florida was close off practice entirely to the media.

Normally the media is allowed to view 20-25 minutes on Mondays during team stretches and then around 15-20 minutes on Tuesdays.

It’s nothing personal against the media, but Pittman wants to make the transition from Dan Enos to Kenny Guiton as smooth as possible, he said.

“We’ve had plenty of distractions,” Pittman said. “I’m just trying to close it in and make it be about us. We don’t have a problem with y’all coming to practice at all. It’s just something with Kenny and his new role, I’m trying to take any type of added pressure he might have off of him.”

Viewing practice has gotten reduced significantly less with each full-time coaching change Arkansas has made over the last 15 years.

Houston Nutt used to let the media view the majority of his practice sessions.

Once Bobby Petrino was hired, he closed practices. They were reopened somewhat more under Bret Bielema, but closed practices returned under Chad Morris.

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire