Arkansas Football coach Sam Pittman made headlines recently for letting his agent go and hiring a new high-powered representative to broker a new, lucrative contract extension.
Regardless of how you may feel about Pittman contradicting himself slightly from comments he made when he was first hired, he was working as one of the least-compensated coaches in the Southeastern Conference.
Forget about the outcome of the upcoming Outback Bowl game, this head coach will have led the Razorbacks to one of the most successful seasons in years.
Arkansas Football Coach Sam Pittman’s rumored new contract is incredibly lucrative
According to a report from Whole Hog Sports, Sam Pittman and his new agent have sent the University of Arkansas a proposed contract that will give him a massive pay raise and more longevity as the head coach of the Arkansas Football team.
The rumored deal is a seven-year contract worth in excess of $50 million, according to the report.
Pittman’s starting salary when he came to Arkansas was for around $3 million per year. His current contract had escalators built in, providing bonuses for every game that put the Hogs over .500 and for making a bowl game. This makes his current rate of pay at $3.75 million per year after the bonuses kicked in for meeting predetermined benchmarks.
His new contract would give him an annual salary of around $7.1 million, putting him just behind Ole Miss Head Coach Lane Kiffin ($7.25 million) and just ahead of his former boss, Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart ($7.13 million).
If this contract is agreed to by the University of Arkansas, it would make Pittman the fourth-highest pad coach in the SEC. Here’s what the top-earning coaches will be making, according to USA Today:
- Nick Saban, Alabama ($9.75 million)
- Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M ($7.5 million)
- Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss ($7.25 million)
- *Sam Pittman, Arkansas ($7.14 million)
- Kirby Smart, Georgia ($7.13 million)
If the University and Sam Pittman can reach terms to this new contract, it would make Pittman one of the highest paid coaches in the conference and a massive bump from being the twelfth-highest paid coach in the conference.
* If agreed to by the University of Arkansas