Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Carter not staying on Pittman's staff
Arkansas assistant coach Sam Carter works with players on Thursday, March 11, 2021, during practice at the university practice facility in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman has a second defensive assistant coach to replace, as cornerbacks coach Sam Carter will not be remaining on staff, sources with knowledge have told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
FootballScoop.com first reported on Monday that Ole Miss Coach Lane Kiffin was pursuing Carter for a position on his staff and other outlets confirmed the interest from Ole Miss.
Carter served two seasons on Coach Sam Pittman’s staff working in the secondary with defensive coordinator Barry Odom.
Late Monday, Carter tweeted, "It's been a great two years coaching at this prestigious university. I will always be grateful for my time here. To Mr. Yurachek, Coach Pittman and Coach Odom, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve and coach our student athletes."
A New Orleans native who played his prep ball in Houston and in college at TCU, Carter got his start in the coaching ranks as a defensive quality control assistant and analyst at Missouri from 2016-19 during Odom’s four-year stint as head coach for the Tigers.
Arkansas has now had coaching changes on consecutive days, with Carter’s departure following the firing of defensive line coach Jermial Ashley on Sunday.
Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, who drew interest from the University of Miami, has agreed on a revised contract.
After posting a 9-4 record and an Outback Bowl win over Penn State, Pittman and the coaching staff are in line for raises.
Carter began his stint at Arkansas with a salary of $225,000 but that increased to $350,000 last summer after a productive season in the secondary and in recruiting.
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