Sam Pittman, head coach of the Arkansas football team, is currently getting his Razorbacks ready to take on the No. 2 team in the nation, Alabama.
The Hogs are hoping their three-game winning streak will allow them to ride some momentum into Tuscaloosa and get their first win against the Crimson Tide since George W. Bush was President of the United States (2006).
Pittman made an interesting comment during his weekly press conference in the days prior to the big game against Alabama.
What did Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman say to anger Georgia Bulldog fans this week?
The Hogs head coach was going down the list of standout players and personnel for the 2021 Alabama Crimson Tide, dishing out praise as he usually does early in the week before a game.
The second-year head coach listed Alabama standouts like Bryce Young and Jameson Williams as key players who will be difficult for the Hogs to get a handle on during the game.
"“You get to Coach Saban,” Pittman said. “Who, you know, obviously is the best coach in the nation and has been for a long time. So it’s very, very big challenge for us,” he said."
Wait a second— did he just say Nick Saban is the best coach in college football? This is the man who served as an assistant coach and offensive line coach at Georgia under Kirby Smart for nearly half-a-decade.
Was Pittman just being affable and folksy or does he genuinely believe Saban is the better coach?
It’s likely that the head coach of the Hogs made the fleeting comment without giving it much thought and was saying it out of respect for everything Nick Saban has accomplished at Alabama.
But, it does make you wonder if he were to be asked the question of “Who is the best coach in college football,” how he’d answer under different circumstances or in a different environment.
You have to imagine working under Kirby Smart for all those years, and having the Georgia Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2021, would hold some weight in his hypothetical answer.
The Arkansas football team will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Nov. 20 at 2:30 PM CT on CBS.