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Salary details for Sam Pittman's first Arkansas staff are out

Sam Pittman's first staff as Arkansas' head coach is in place, and all 10 assistants have contracts in place as well.

Pittman signed a 5-year deal at $3 million per year, while coordinators Barry Odom and Kendal Briles signed 3-year contracts and the eight remaining assistants (plus strength coach Jamil Walker) inked 2-year deals. All contracts will expire on Feb. 28 of the given year.

Aside from the head man himself, linebackers coach Rion Rhodes earned the largest raise in terms of a percentage increase from his 2019 salary as Hutchinson Community College's head coach and in total dollars. (Cornerbacks coach Sam Carter, a quality control at Missouri in 2019, did not have a publicly-available salary.) Running backs coach Jimmy Smith also more than doubled his Georgia State salary, and tight ends coach Jon Cooper netted a $130,000 raise from what he earned at UCF.

The only coach to experience a significant pay cut is defensive coordinator Barry Odom, who was Missouri's head coach in 2019.

Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles will take a $20,000 pay cut, and wide receivers coach Justin Stepp, the lone holdover from the Morris staff, will carry over his $400,000 salary.

Offensive line coach Brad Davis (Mizzou), defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc (Kentucky) and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Scott Fountain (Georgia) all received raises after serving in similar roles at SEC rivals.

All salary information comes via the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Coach (Title)

2019 Salary

2020 Salary


Sam Pittman (Head coach)


$3 million

$2.1 million (233%)

Barry Odom (DC/Safeties)

$3.05 million

$1.2 million

-$1.85 million (-61%)

Kendal Briles (OC/QBs)

$1.02 million

$1 million

-$20,000 (-2%)

Brad Davis (OL)



$40,000 (8%)

Derrick LeBlanc (DL)



$125,000 (38%)

Scott Fountain (Asst. HC/STs)



$125,000 (38%)

Justin Stepp (WRs)




Jon Cooper (TEs)



$135,000 (82%)

Sam Carter (CBs)




Rion Rhodes (LBs)



$138,000 (159%)

Jimmy Smith (RBs)



$130,000 (137%)

Walker will earn $310,000, a $20,000 increase from what Arkansas paid Trumain Carroll in 2019.

In total, Arkansas will pay $8.335 million to Pittman, his 10 on-the-field assistants plus his strength coach, an $880,000 decrease from the $9.215 million the Hogs paid Morris and his staff. However, when removing the $1 million difference between the head coaches, Arkansas will pay slightly more to employ Pittman's senior-level staff ($5.335 million) than Morris's ($5.215 million).

The $8.025 million paid to Pittman and his 10 on-the-field assistants is less than what Missouri will pay new head coach Eli Drinkwitz and his staff.

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