Jeff Long Out As University of Arkansas Athletic Director

Jeff Long Out As University of Arkansas Athletic Director

Arkansas fired athletic director Jeff Long on Wednesday, ending a almost decade-long tenure that included the scandalous ouster of football coach Bobby Petrino and the continued mediocrity of the program under Bret Bielema. "Since coming to Fayetteville 2008, Jeff has led our department with character and integrity and helped move us forward in so many ways".

He since served as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

The university will honor the provisions of Long's contract, which now runs through June 30, 2022.

There has been no official word from the University of Arkansas regarding Long's status.

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His firing comes at a time of turmoil for the Arkansas football program, which is 29-32 in five seasons under coach Bret Bielema - including a mark of 11-27 in the Southeastern Conference. Bielema holds a record of 29-32 for the Arkansas Razorbacks and is now 4-6 for the season. She joined the department in 2014 after working at in and with the NCAA.

Long was the third-longest serving athletics director in Razorbacks history, behind Frank Broyles (34 years) and John Barnhill (25). A native of the region, Peoples holds a master's degree from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University.

He was also assistant director of athletics at Virginia Tech and Oklahoma and served as athletic director at Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh before accepting the Arkansas position.

The university's release indicated a search committee will be announced in the future to assist Steinmetz in finding a permanent replacement for Long.

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