Bret Bielema took Arkansas players to confront coach who left for UGA
Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema there was little time to waste.
Over the weekend, offensive line coach Sam Pittman accepted the same position on Kirby Smart’s staff at UGA, which left a number of the Razorbacks players feeling “emotional.”
Bielema addressed the media Saturday night to discuss the coaching changes, and indicated that he took members of the offensive line to confront Pittman by showing up at his doorstep, according to GridIronNow.com’s Leslie Koerdt.
“I think when you’re dealing with 19-, 20- and 21-year-old kids, they’re going to be emotional,” Bielema said Saturday. “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.
“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 refuted Bielema’s comments, explaining on Twitter that he had planned a meeting with the Arkansas players for Sunday morning before they came to his residence Saturday night.
“I had a meeting set for 10:30 today to talk to my guys,” Pittman tweeted. “They came to see me last night. Never said I wouldn’t meet them. Not true.”
I had a meeting set for 10:30am today to talk to my guys. They came to see me last night at home never said I wouldn't meet them not true
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) December 13, 2015
New UGA offensive coordinator Jim Chaney also joined the UGA coaching staff after spending 2013 and 2014 in Fayetteville alongside Pittman on Bielema’s staff before working as Pitt’s offensive coordinator in 2015.