Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was not happy to lose an assistant coach to a fellow SEC team this offseason, but that has not jaded Bielema’s opinion of how two of his former assistants will perform at Georgia.
Bielema recently offered his take on how former Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman (2012-15) and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (2013-14) will perform in their first season with the Bulldogs.
From the Athens Banner-Herald:
“I really don’t know what they’re doing there,” Bielema said when asked what Chaney and Pittman will bring to Georgia’s offense. “I haven’t really talked to them. They’re good people and good coaches so you expect good results.”
“They’ve kind of been guys that have gone back and forth in their style of play and what they’ve done wherever they’ve been,” Bielema said. “And they’ve both been at a lot of places so they’ve got a lot of resources.”
Chaney and Pittman worked together at Tennessee in 2012 and at Arkansas in 2013 and 2014 before Chaney left to be the Pittsburgh offensive coordinator last season. Chaney and Pittman are now reunited with the Bulldogs after Chaney recommended Pittman to first-year Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.
Georgia and Arkansas won’t play each other, unless it’s in the postseason, until the 2022 regular season. Nonetheless, Bielema does not seem to harbor any ill will toward Pittman bolting for another position within the conference.
“Obviously Sam did a good job for us for three years,” Bielema told the Athens Banner-Herald. “Any time I lose a coach, especially in the league, that’s why I’ve got some SEC no competes on everybody in their contracts. That wasn’t in Sam’s and he used the rule to do it.”