SEC football: Which first-year head coach will have the best 2020 season?

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Arkansas Head Football Coach Sam Pittman (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Which of these four new SEC football coaches will have the most success?

One thing that always holds true about SEC football, if you don’t win as a head coach you won’t be long in the league. (You may want to read that sentence again, Derek Mason).

In 2020, there are four new head coaches in the SEC, some with extensive resumes while others are getting their first shot as the head man in charge. All four are also inheriting vastly different levels of talent on their teams.

Which one of these new SEC football coaches can expect the best results given their experience and talent on the team?

Preseason expectations for the new 2020 SEC football coaches


Sam Pittman

At 58 years old, Sam Pittman has been around college football for a long time, and this isn’t his first rodeo in the SEC. However, he’s never been a head coach at any of his numerous stops, although he has been the right-hand man for a few great ones, including Kirby Smart and Bret Bielema.

Pittman excels at recruiting, which is important for Arkansas being as they are probably one of the worst teams in the conference in terms of talent on the roster.

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The problem, outside of not having a lot of great players, is that the program in Fayetteville is an absolute mess right now. Not only will Pittman be doing a lot of things for the first time — game-planning, media calls, press conferences, and discipline — he’s also been charged with rebuilding an entire football program.

That’s a tall order for year one. Ultimately, if he’s given the time to do what he needs, Pittman can succeed at Arkansas, but year one (and probably a few after that) are going to be tough for the Hawg Nation.

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