Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman tests COVID-19 positive

Coach Sam Pittman speaks, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 during an introductory news conference at the Walker Pavilion in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas introduced former Georgia assistant Sam Pittman as its new head football coach. Pittman had a previous stop as an assistant with the Razorbacks and has spent much of his coaching career in the SEC. (Charlie Kaijo/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

The Arkansas Razorbacks football communications staff released the following statement regarding head coach Sam Pittman, who tested positive for COVID-19:

Head Coach Sam Pittman has tested positive for COVID-19. Coach Pittman was tested Sunday as part of the team’s normal protocol and he was informed this morning that his PCR test was positive. He is not symptomatic and is in self isolation at home. He retested this morning to confirm the results of Sunday’s test with those results still pending. All individuals who are considered close contacts have been notified and will enter quarantine guidelines. Coach Pittman will follow the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force protocol for testing asymptomatic positives.

Coach Pittman will continue to be a part of team meetings virtually while in isolation. Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Barry Odom will serve as the team’s interim head coach in Coach Pittman’s absence.