Arkansas football Head Coach Sam Pittman is someone who always invokes positivity and demands great work ethic from his players.
However, that only gets you so far for so long. Pittman and the Razorbacks have a critical game against Mississippi State at home that they need to win.
Should Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman be on the hot seat if the Razorbacks lose to Mississippi State?
If the team loses to Mississippi State, Pittman’s overall record as head coach of the Hogs will fall to 8-11.
However, Pittman has already gotten the Razorbacks ranked inside the top 10 of the AP Top 25 college football rankings—something that hasn’t been done in a very long time.
Pittman has had the Hogs ranked for the first time since Bret Bielema did it in 2016.
Even more, Pittman had the Hogs ranked No. 8 in the country for a short time this season— the highest ranking since Bobby Petrino guided the team to a No. 3 overall ranking in 2011.
Pittman needs a longer amount of time before he’s heavily scrutinized. He needs to be allowed to recruit and get his own players in for at least another season or two before fans should start being hyper-critical.
The head coach is still getting his footing in toughest division in the toughest conference in all of college football.
Pittman has shown signs that he can been successful and there’s no reason to think that he can’t do it again.
If he can get the Hogs to their first bowl game in five years, that alone will be a massive win for the Razorback faithful.
There are no reports that the coach has lost the locker room or support from the Athletic Director or boosters. He’s making incremental improvements and changing the culture in Fayetteville.
Give Coach Pittman some more time and some leniency, even if the Hogs lose to Mississippi State.