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Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman has Covid-19

The Hogs have been a nice surprise this year in the SEC West, but will have an experienced head coach stepping in as a replacement.

Arkansas Razorbacks introduce new head football coach Sam Pittman during a timeout in the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Bud Walton Arena. Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Following a 24-13 defeat of favored Tennessee on Saturday, the Arkansas Razorbacks will now have to head into the meat of their schedule without head coach Sam Pittman, who was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Arkansas is a 17.5 point underdog for their game on Saturday agains the Florida Gators in The Swamp at DraftKings Sportsbook. Razorbacks transfer quarterback Feleipe Franks will play against his previous team this weekend, having been the starting quarterback at Florida in 2019.

It’s been a terrific season for the Hogs in Pittman’s first year in charge. A school that lost 16 straight SEC games under previous coach Chad Morris is now 3-3 in the league, and with one more victory will have the most conference wins since 2015.

Considering how close Pittman was to the rest of his players in the locker room after the game in this emotional video after the big win, you have to wonder if there are any other potential positives coming. It’s something to keep an eye on in Fayetteville.

Barry Odom steps in to replace Pittman on the sidelines following a 25-25 record in four years at Missouri. He was fired after the 2019 season with a 6-6 record.