Kirk Herbstreit explains how Sam Pittman once made an impact on Arkansas culture
Adam spencer | 4 months ago
Kirk Herbstreit, like many across the country, was impressed with Arkansas’ 40-21 victory over Texas on Saturday night in Fayetteville.
Coach Sam Pittman and his team are receiving a lot of deserved praise this week following the big win.
Herbstreit, the popular ESPN analyst, said he almost called the Hogs’ win the GameDay, but couldn’t quite pull the trigger. He said on this week’s ESPN CFB podcast that he wished he had chosen Arkansas (via 247Sports):
“We thought, ‘Hey, Sark beat Louisiana, which is in the top 25. They could be better than we thought. They’re going to Arkansas – the old-school Southwest Conference rivalry – they might be fighting for the half, but Texas is too athletic, ”Herbstreit said this week on ESPN’s college football podcast. “They will move away. I wanted to pull the trigger on GameDay. You had all of these choices. Texas, Texas, Texas. I am last. I don’t like this feeling. I don’t have the courage to say it, and I don’t. I’m going to Texas. Arkansas just roughed them up on the line of scrimmage.
Herbstreit went on to say that the culture is already improving at the start of second year for Pittman:
“It’s not just about having better players and recruiting. You always hear the coaches talking about culture and the importance of culture, ”Herbstreit said. “Sam Pittman came in there and immediately affected the culture, not just of the players in the locker room, but of the fan base. It’s one of those fan bases that they don’t need a lot to buy for. In Arkansas, there are the Razorbacks, and they’re all in it. You saw the crowd there the other night. You’ve seen the reaction in the post-game when they run onto the pitch.
“Last year there were enough signs out there, in the midst of a global pandemic, for this fan base to say, ‘We’re getting it back. “I think hiring Kendal Briles was a great hire. He brings this offense which is very tough and very difficult to prepare. If they have a quarterback who can lead him, that’s a lot to deal with. “I think Barry Odom is one of the best defensive coordinators, not just in the conference but in the country. They arrived in a bad mood and had them ready to go.
How many big wins will Pittman and the Hogs have this year? Stay tuned!