Arkansas AD Jeff Long parts ways with school

Jeff Long Timeline Termination Comes Six Days After Board Meeting

Prior to coming to Arkansas, Long served as athletic director at the University of Pittsburg from 2003 to 2007.

The school's dismissal of Long likely signals football coach Bret Bielema is on his way out, too. However, over the past year, Jeff has lost the support of many of our fans, alumni, key supporters, and members of the university leadership, support that I believe is critical in our pursuit of excellence.

Long has been the AD at Arkansas since 2008 taking over from legendary figure Frank Broyles and previously headed the athletic department at Pittsburgh. It also didn't help Long that Arkansas is 4-6 this season and Bielema has a 29-32 record as the Razorbacks coach.

"I think the part that I've enjoyed during my time here with Jeff, from day one to where we are today, has been awesome", Bielema said on the SEC coaches' teleconference before news of Long's firing had become official. "Not to say Jeff Long didn't understand that, I think he did, but they want someone who doesn't have that learning curve from the beginning". "We're trying to put ourselves in the best position ever to have a great Wednesday practice to get to Saturday", said Bielema. "It's been awesome to witness and hopefully continue forward".




Long was the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee and remains on the committee.

The one sliver of hope Bielema has, and it's a small sliver, is if he wins the last two games of the season and makes a bowl.

A statement by UA said that Long is out effective immediately and that associate AD Julie Cromer Peoples will serve as interim AD.

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