Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Pittman: Hogs ‘running thin’ but on track to play LSU
Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman is shown during a game against Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said Thursday the Razorbacks are “running thin” in terms of available players for Saturday’s game against LSU.
But the first-year coach added that two days from kickoff, Arkansas is in a position that would allow it to play the Tigers.
“I think everybody’s looking for an answer and I’ll give you the answer: We’re going to play Saturday, as of right now,” Pittman said via Zoom. “We’re going to play. We have a test that we took today that gets back (Friday). We want to play the game.
“But you have to have adequate numbers to play the game, and we are thin. If we have a good test (Friday) then, by golly, we’re going to play the game. We want to play the game.”
Pittman said there has been no discussion between Arkansas coaches and players about not playing the game.
The SEC gives a team the option not to play a game if it does not have 53 scholarship players available, including thresholds of seven scholarship offensive linemen, four scholarship defensive linemen, and one scholarship quarterback and center.
“They want to play,” Pittman said, “so as long as our numbers will allow us to play, that’s what we’re going to do. Are we thin? Yes.”
He did not disclose who has tested positive or if others have been quarantined due to contact tracing. More than positive covid-19 cases, the SEC's contact tracing protocols have been viewed as the primary reason for several SEC games being postponed this season.
The Razorbacks have not had an interruption to their schedule this year. LSU has had two games postponed, including one scheduled for last week against No. 1 Alabama.
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