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. Pittman was eager to get rolling after he was hired, but months later, COVID-19 came along, costing him spring practice and limiting his ability to establish himself with his new team.
"I'd be lying if I said that doesn't hurt us," Pittman said back in April. "We know our players as well as we can in the short period of time that we've been together, but man, it would have been nice to see what they can do and how they react to coaching and how they react to techniques and things of that nature."