University Of Arkansas Fires Athletic Director Jeff Long

Julie Cromer Peoples

Jeff Long's time as athletic director at the University of Arkansas is coming to an end, a source tells Arkansas Business.

The College Football Playoff selection committee member, formerly the chairman until this season, was under contract through June 2022.

It is unclear if he was sacked or resigned from the position. The Razorbacks, at 4-6, must win their two remaining games against Mississippi State and Arkansas to earn bowl eligibility.

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Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz praised Long's "character and integrity" but noted Long had recently lost the support of fans, alumni and university leaders.

Jeff Long is no longer the athletic director at Arkansas.

Bielema, then the 42-year-old seventh-year Wisconsin head coach, was a shocking hire after Mike Gundy was widely believed to be the overwhelming favorite (Gundy was also a leading candidate for the Tennessee job).

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In an SEC Media Teleconference on Wednesday at 11 a.m., several media members asked Bielema about the circulating news over Jeff Long. "People prepped me before I got on the phone call that there might be a question, but I haven't received any official notification".

Bielema said he has not talked to Long this week.

Long served as AD and Associate Vice Chancellor for Athletics for 10 years after taking over for Frank Broyles in 2008. But I know this, winning ball games helps everybody, so that's all I'm focused on. "Long has accepted the invitation and he will serve for the remainder of this season". She has been recognized for her outstanding work at both the institutional and national levels.

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