Odom, Davis get raises to keep them from leaving Hogs before coaching

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Arkansas will be spending more money on assistants with defensive coordinator Barry Odom and offensive line coach Brad Davis getting a hike to keep them in Fayetteville.

The story was first reported at WholeHogSports.com on Wednesday.

New coach Sam Pittman mentioned in his teleconference with the media Friday that Davis had been offered some “pretty good” jobs since coming here and apparently that was in the SEC.

“If you go by jobs that he has been offered, he is as good an O-line coach as there is in the country because he has been offered a bunch,” Pittman said. “He has been offered some since he has been here.”

WholeHogSports said said in a speech at Cross Church in Pinnacle Hills a couple of weeks ago that Texas A&M tried to hire Davis and Odom was offered the defensive coordinator spot at a league shool, but he wasn’t say who it was.

We can all speculate, but the bottom line is both will be staying with the Razorbacks and Pittman should get credit for landing both of them soon after landing the job.

That’s what coaches who have been around awhile know to do quickly.

Each will get a $100,000 bump to stay, taking Odom to $1.3 million a year (which is still below what John Chavis was making) and Davis goes to $650,000 a year.

This comes at the same time Arkansas was No. 17 in football revenues in the country as reported by PennLive on Wednesday morning.

This is for the reporting year that ended in the summer of 2019.

According to the story, Arkansas football generated $76.5 million with a profit of $33.3 million and getting just two wins for that in that year made it hard to disagree with the view that may be the most profitable pair of wins in the history of college football.

In the SEC, though, that was good enough for the middle of the road (seventh) and fourth in the SEC West, $3 million ahead of Texas A&M.

 

 

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