Arkansas seeks fresh start under new coach Sam Pittman

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FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd (5) runs the ball against Western Kentucky during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. Boyd ran for 1,133 yards and eight scores as a junior last season while rushing for more than 100 yards in five games. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, Arkansas’ Sam Pittman watches his players run off the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Fayetteville, Ark. The challenges facing new Arkansas coach Pittman were significant enough without extra wrenches being thrown into his plans. Pittman needed to change the culture following a 2-10 season that saw Chad Morris fired. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

(AP) — The challenges facing new Arkansas coach Sam Pittman were significant enough without extra wrenches being thrown into his plans.

Pittman needed to change the culture following a 2-10 season that saw Chad Morris fired. But COVID-19 came along, cost him spring practice and limited his ability to establish himself with his new team.

Once the team finally could get back together, a new challenge arose. As a side effect of the pandemic, the schedule changed.

Fourth-ranked Georgia and No. 8 Florida got added to the Razorbacks’ schedule when the Southeastern Conference opted for a league-only slate.

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