Some stories in sports are almost too crazy not to be true. What happened to Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman over the weekend qualifies. Yes, while the Hogs should be happy to pull of a bit of a surprise victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday the conversation has not been on the result there as Arkansas righted the ship in the SEC West. No, it’s about how Pittman tore his bicep when the former UGA offensive line coach was still in Athens.
Part of what made Pittman so likable over the last few years, especially at Georgia, was his upbeat demeanor and his natural likability. Especially when it came to social media. Pittman knew how to use Twitter on the recruiting trail. He also knew how to use it to keep the fans smiling and laughing.
Pittman used to do these “Yessir!” videos whenever the Dawgs’ nabbed another big-time recruit. Christina Long, who covers Arkansas athletics, revealed the news in a tweet. You can rewatch the celebration videos from Pittman during that time in the tweet below, but essentially, in one of those instances, where Pittman picked up the dog to do the dance things went awry and the man literally tore a bicep for social media.
Think Pittman was alone? In the words of the great Lee Corso, not so fast my friend. Gus Malzahn, the current UCF coach and former Auburn coach fractured his tibia while celebrating, too, after a victory over Tulane and Willie Fritz.
These SEC coaches have to be more careful, it seems, when it comes to celebrations.
Things Are Looking Good at Arkansas
Fluke injury aside, this has been an exceptional season for the Razorbacks. After starting off hot by defeating both Texas and Texas A&M early in the season, the Hawgs took a step back a bit after getting trounced by the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. This Saturday, however, Arkansas got back in the win column by defeating a feisty Mississippi State team.
The SEC West is a brutal division where the worst team in that division might be the No. 2 team in the SEC East. Pittman, though, has exceeded early expectations into his tenure at Arkansas. To have the Hogs beat both the Longhorns and Aggies in the same season in year 2 is rather incredible work. Pittman came back to Arkansas after being an assistant previously and has gotten the buy-in from star players like Treylon Burks and KJ Jefferson. Pittman and Arkansas look like they’re building something special in Fayetteville. As long as Pittman is a little more careful picking up his pup, that is.