[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Alabama’s offensive line job came earlier this month, one of Nick Saban’s first calls was to Arkansas assistant Sam Pittman.
Pittman, who had joined Bret Bielema’s staff just two months before, stayed loyal to his new boss and the move paid off with a contract extension and hefty raise.
According to Robbie Nieswanger of the Northwest Arkansas Times, Pittman will now be paid $500,000 (up from $275,000) and received a two-year contract extension through June 30, 2016.
Bielema was excited to hang onto his new line coach, especially when Saban was the one calling.
“It’s been good to keep some guys, especially when you get in some in-conference battles,” Bielema said. “I know this: my coaches think we have a great situation here. I think they like being here. I think they’re very intrigued and excited about the environment, the culture.”
Pittman is now the third-highest paid member of the Razorback staff. Coordinators Jim Chaney and Chris Ash earn $550,000 per year.
Pittman spent the 2012 season on Derek Dooley’s staff at Tennessee. Before that, he had a five-year stint at North Carolina (2007-11).
A 19-year coaching veteran, Pittman’s career also includes stops at Northern Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Western Michigan, Oklahoma and Cincinnati.
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