Sam Pittman receives success-friendly contract extension through 2026

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“They can fire me whenever they get good and ready to, but I can’t leave if that makes sense. Don’t want to, anyway.”

Following the announcement of contract extensions to coordinators kendal briles and Barry Odom in April, it was revealed that Arkansas head football coach sam pittman would be receiving an extension as well. Although, at the time, the details had not emerged.

Now, the details of the extension have been revealed.

Pittman, who will enter his third season as the head coach in 2022, has signed an extension that will last through December 2026, where he will earn at least $6 million per season, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports.

As far as the “but I can’t leave” portion of his quote, the new contract is very flexible. Pittman will make at least $6 million annually, with a $100,000 increase every year through the end of the contract.

In addition to receiving a bonus every year, Pittman also has the option of extending the length of the contract. Over the next five seasons, Pittman will receive a one-year extension to 2027 if Arkansas wins at least seven games.

Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek says that things are “just getting started” under Pittman.

There is no doubt Coach Pittman has proven to be the right man to lead our football team,” athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “He has earned this opportunity with the success he and his staff have had on the field and on the recruiting trail

Pittman is grateful for the opportunity to continue leading the program that he calls his “dream job.”

I am so grateful for our University and Hunter for believing in me, our coaches and staff and the program we’re building. We are all excited to continue to build on what we’ve done and continue to make our fans and the whole state of Arkansas proud of our football team

In 2021, Arkansas won nine games, which is the most since 2011. They won the Outback Bowl over Penn State to claim their first bowl win since the 2015 season. Not only have the Razorbacks seen success on the field under Pittman, but they are building for the future. Pittman’s first recruiting class ranked no. 22 for the 2022 cycle. So far, Arkansas’ 2023 class ranks no. 6 in the nation according to 247sports.