Striking while the iron is hot

The least surprising bit of news you will see today is…

The hot iron referenced above being the insane market for coaches more than Pittman…

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59 responses to “Striking while the iron is hot

  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Man, Hunter Yurachek has to be thinking to himself, “What happened to the guy crying in his kitchen because his dream job just came true?”

    That guy is gone, Hunter.

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    • aim260

      I hope you are one day in a similar position, so that you can show us the way of truth and light…

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

        Even more than the other guy, your constant assumptions, insults, digs, and asides about me are always, always, always wrong. They’re as wrong as your reading comprehension continues to be.

        Your obsession with me is noted, however.

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  2. armydawg

    If the Pitt Boss can get it, more power to him. Here’s a career position coach who got his shot and is making the most of it. I have no problem with this.

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  3. argondawg

    If these idiot ADs wanna lock in for that length and that much he is a fool not to get paid now. He got his dream job and has wildly exceeded expectations. Pay the man.

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  4. Sweet D

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it sounds like a reasonable request.

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    • theotherdoug

      If Pittman leaves Arkansas, what are the odds they hire a better HC? He’s worth every penny to Arkansas.

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    • kokainmothershed

      AD’s should be asking up front “Under what circumstances will you fulfill your obligations under this contract without looking to renegotiate?” Schools have the option to keep a coach or pay the buyout, coaches have the option to coach at the agreed upon rate or leave for another contract.

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  5. ASEF

    Read a book about the oil industry, There was a guy in Beirut after World War 1 who spoke multiple languages and ended up a liaison between all the world powers negotiating how the Middle East would look and work after the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.

    He ended up with a percentage of the Middle Eastern oil concession. Yeah, you read that right. He and his heirs. That’s now a trust based in Paris worth… tens of billions? That may be low.

    I wonder where Jimmy’s great-grandchildren will base their philanthropic trust.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I had never heard that about the Oil Liaison….interesting.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Sounds like an interesting book. What was the title?

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      • ASEF

        To all interested:

        Daniel Yergin, The Prize

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        • siskey

          Thanks. I will check that out. The Senators page and comments are usually pretty good about book recommendations. We are a literate and curious bunch.

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          • siskey

            I placed a hold on gapines.org. any of y’all who like to read get a library card and use the above website. It is fantastic. You can request a book and they will ship it from any of the participating library to your local library.
            Go Dawgs!

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        • Definitely a great work. But I have to admit I got through the first half, but fell asleep so many times that I stopped reading it.

          Fascinating, but sometimes less is more. Making it half as long would have made it twice as good.

          In my humble opinion.

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        • Russ

          I got about half way through before I saw some other shiny thing. But I need to pick it back up. Great history.

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        • miltondawg

          Just ordered the book from Amazon. Looks like my kids just found their Christmas present for their dad. All the reviews that I looked at quickly say it is a great read. Thanks for the tip.

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        • poetdawg

          The Prize is a great book. I grew up in the industry and spent the first half of my career in oilfield construction and operation; Yergin knows his stuff. He has written a more recent book called The New Map that updates the Prize and looks at whole current world of energy and geopolitics, another good read.

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    • Remember the Quincy

      Do you recall the name of that book? It sounds fascinating.

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    • Dawglicious

      I, too, would be interested in this story.

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    • classiccitycanine

      Are you talking about Mr. Five Percent, Calouste Gulbenkian? If my math is right, he’d be a garden variety billionaire today, although his wealth was built on physical assets rather than the fluctuations of today’s stock market. His foundation’s endowment has about 4 billion in it.

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  6. debbybalcer

    Pay the man Arkansas.

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  7. Texas Dawg

    Given the current insane climate, who his agent is, and the season he just had, Arkansas is getting a bargain.

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  8. silverbritches02

    These schools always have more leverage than they think.

    “Sam, you’re doing great. But let’s revisit after next year. If you think you’re being undervalued, and you can find a better situation, please feel free to test the market.”

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    • jdawg108

      If you don’t think there would be schools lined up to get Pittman, you’re insane.

      Of all these new coaches, he’s actually shown what he’s worth.

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      • godawgs1701

        Southern Cal, LSU, Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oregon, et al didn’t come get Sam Pittman this year.

        I love and respect Sam Pittman and I’m thrilled for the success he is having in Fayetteville, but let’s get real here. Schools lining up to get him? He’s a perfect fit at Arkansas, but even there he was their 3rd or 4th pick, if not lower. Yes, he is succeeding but he’s at a school with which he had deep affinity and familiarity and it’s a school with a culture that matches his personality. With all due respect to him, he’s not a plug and play coach at any school in America. And he’s got a pretty dang good job, Mark Richt famously has said that the two coaching jobs he had his eyes on while he was at FSU were Georgia and Arkansas. So, instead of mortgaging your entire athletic department to give an outlandish raise to the man for getting his team overranked in October and reaching a bowl game maybe do what silverbritches suggested and letting it play out for another year?

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        • jdawg108

          You know this? You know that nobody at those schools reached out to gauge interest?

          You’re much better connected than I am.

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          • godawgs1701

            I know that it hasn’t been reported by a single outlet that he was, and I’ve seen reports of a whoooooooole lot of coaches being in the running for a whooooooole lot of openings. So, I feel pretty confident that he wasn’t contacted by any of the schools with openings in this cycle. And, certainly not with any level of seriousness that would require the school to have already done the deal – he’s requesting a new deal here which the school has not yet offered.

            Do I think that Sam Pittman is going to be the “sexy” coaching candidate that a school like Southern California or The U or one of the top tier jobs is going to ever covet? No, I do not. Do I believe that he’s interested in taking a lower level job than the one he has now because they give him a boat load of cash? Nah, and at that point Arkansas could certainly give him a huge raise. Do I think that he’d make a lateral move? Same answer. Pittman is the rare coach who has gotten his opportunity in the exact right location. I’m happy for him. Thrilled for him. Do I think he has done anything so far that justifies DOUBLING his salary and giving him a seven year extension? Nope. But, of course, Arkansas will just do it because they’re negotiating against air and dang it they’re going to win. lol

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            • jdawg108

              Very long answer to say no. No, you don’t know.

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              • godawgs1701

                It was a very long answer to say, yeah, I’m sure he wasn’t contacted or else Arkansas would have already had to pay up to keep him. And if they didn’t have to pay up to keep him they still don’t need to.

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      • silverbritches02

        They’re not paying him twice what he’s making now after making Arkansas merely competent after 2 years.

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  9. dawgphan34

    Kirby gets em paid.

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  10. trbodawg

    Perhaps during the “off” season the Senator will host a bookclub. I, for one, would love to get y’alls perspective on a few books I’ve read recently.

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  11. Illini84

    So, as long as we’re off topic did you see that the fake punt in the Army-Navy game was a mistake? ““We were kinda checking the protection because they gave us a certain look,” linebacker Diego Fagot said after the first carry of his career. “Once I checked it, the snapper must have misheard something and so he snapped it to me instead. … I went to a small private school in Ft. Lauderdale, and I played offensive line in high school, so I’ve never really touched the ball. “
    https://www.si.com/college/2021/12/12/army-navy-diego-fagots-fake-punt-conversion-catalyzed-midshipmen

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    • Russ

      Yeah, I heard that during the interviews immediately after the game. Absolutely amazing. I can’t imagine the reflexes needed to catch that snap and then get the first down. That was the entire game right there, because if he fumbles that snap Army, at worst, kicks a field goal to take the lead.

      I always enjoy that game.

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      • Illini84

        You can see after the play that Fagot is shaking his head and asking his teammates WTF was that!!!

        It reminded me of the catch made by Tae Crowder in the Rose Bowl!

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        • Russ

          Agreed. That snag by Crowder would have made any infielder proud. And it was key, given Hot Rod’s record setting FG that followed.

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  12. Ozam

    I am all for coaches getting as much money as they can. However, college football as we know it is undergoing rapid changes. Where it ends up nobody knows. Turning a regional sport into national programming has consequences. Rivalries and traditions are being tossed out the door in exchange for the almighty dollar. I suspect we will see the Bulldawgs sponsored by the University of Georgia soon.

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  13. atticus34

    Pound sand Pittman. You finished 8-4 with a bad Auburn and LSU in that side. Tucker getting $95 million was a joke. Happy for these guys to get the $$, but F Jimmy Sexton.

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    • miltondawg

      In fairness to Pittman, they lost to Georgia and Bama as two of those four losses and the loss to Bama was by a touchdown on the road and the game wasn’t decided until Arkansas’ on side kick attempt went out of bounds with just over a minute to play. Granted, the Auburn loss was a bad loss at home. The other loss was against a top ten Ole Miss team on the road by one point in an absolute shootout. Plus they beat the only team in the SEC that has beaten Alabama in 2021. Sure, LSU wasn’t great in 2021. But LSU lost to Bama by 6 points at Bama and held Bama to 20 points.

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      • atticus34

        see chop dawgs post below.

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        • miltondawg

          With all due respect to you and Chop, Arkansas starting in 2012 after the end of the Bobby Petrino era has been 4-8 (2-6), 3-9 (0-8), 7-6 (2-6), 8-5 (5-3), 7-6 (3-5), 4-8 (1-7), 2-10 (0-8), 2-10 (0-8), 3-7 (3-7), and 8-4 (4-4). That’s 8-34 in the last five years in SEC play. Over those ten seasons Arkansas has only one season with a winning record in the SEC. three 0-8 seasons in the SEC, a 1 SEC win season, two 2 SEC win seasons, and a record of 1-23 in the SEC in the three seasons before Pittman arrived.

          Outside of Vandy, the job that Pittman took after the 2019 season was the worst in the conference and he got the lucky door prize of being a coach taking over an abysmal program a few months before COVID completely upended everything in college football. In the insane 2020 season, Arkansas got its first SEC win since October of the 2017 season, the first win against a ranked opponent since 2016, and the first SEC win on the road since 2015.

          So while we disagree, I think that Pittman probably is deserving of something more than what he is getting for the job he has done. Two of the four losses in 2021 were an ass kicking in Athens and a bad loss to Auburn. The other two losses were road losses by 1 to Ole Miss and one score to the favorite to win the national championship. 8-4 or 11-11 might not seem like much, but considering where this program has been for a decade and how the 2021 season played out, I’d say that Pittman has performed well above his current pay grade.

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  14. If I’m Arky’s AD, I’m telling Sam, you’ve already got a contract, now go out and earn your money. Your record at Arky is 11-11, needs to be a whole lot better than that for you to make the kind of money your agent says you want.

    Of course I’d tell him that in a nice way.

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  15. Rameses II

    There are 2 head coaching vacancies remaining in college football: Nevada and Temple. Arkansas should tell him (and his agent) that he’s welcome to take either of those jobs.

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    • debbybalcer

      And who would Arkansas get? Arkansas used to be a powerhouse. My dad was a Razorback fan. They are very excited to be headed in the right direction after the implosion caused by Petrino.

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  16. Don in Mar-a-Lago

    “The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, ‘You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” – George Carlin

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  17. goose44ga

    In my mind this is more about Sexton than Pittman. The agent drives this boat.

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  18. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Whether he gets a pay raise or not, the reason why this is happening now, after 2 years, has nothing to do with Pittman getting to 8-4 and going to a nice New Year’s Day Florida Bowl Game.

    It has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that Jimmy Sexton doesn’t get paid until Sam Pittman has a new contract.

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