Bret Bielema takes players to confront former OL coach

Late last week, it was announced that Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman would be leaving the team to take the same position with the Georgia Bulldogs. He will be reunited with former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney under Kirby Smart.

Pittman has been one of the biggest pieces of the Razorbacks’ success the last two years, so, naturally, the team was not happy with his departure from the team. According to Gridiron Now, head coach Bret Bielema actually took a few of his players to Pittman’s house to have a meeting with him over the weekend.

“I think when you’re dealing with 19-, 20- and 21-year-old kids, they’re going to be emotional,” Bielema said after the last-ditch effort of loading up the offensive line and showing up on Pittman’s doorstep failed. “Some were mad, sad, sad then mad. It’s a part of the job no one wants to talk about, and Sam, because of the way he recruits and the way he handles people — until this matter — had been very personal.”

“This one took place within the conference, and I just wanted Sam to address the linemen as to why this was happening,” Bielema said Saturday. “I thought that was the last thing he could do, and he didn’t want to do that, so I just took them to him.”

Pittman was not happy with Bielema’s comments, so he took to Twitter to refute the reports.

Pittman once had a very good relationship with the Razorbacks, but it looks like that has come to a very ugly end.

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  • Caleb BaileyCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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