‘You’re definitely not going back’

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HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman drew a line in the sand on Thursday when it comes to his players entering the transfer portal.

“Once you go to the University of Arkansas transfer portal, you definitely don’t step in it again,” he said.

During SEC media days, Pittman compared the transfer portal to his relationship with his wife.

“If I were to ask Jamie if I’m going to switch for a week and figure it out, would she let me come back? I’m pretty sure the answer would be no,” Pittman said. “That’s how we think about it.”

Under NCAA rules, players entering the portal can revoke their name and remain at their current school.

However, it is up to the school whether it will continue to offer a player his or her scholarship for the next term.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Monday that of the 1,600 FBS scholarship recipients who entered the portal this year, 1,100 are still listed as active in the portal because they have not found a new school.

Pittman said it’s “unfortunate” how many players have entered the portal and haven’t found a new school and no longer have a scholarship.

“Unfortunately,” he said, “the kids don’t do their homework.”

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