Arkansas fires athletic director Jeff Long


An official announcement from Arkansas is expected on Wednesday.

The university will honor the provisions of Long's contract, which runs until June of 2022. He served as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics from 2008-2017.

"In consultation with the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, the College Football Playoff management committee today voted unanimously to ask Jeff Long, the former Director of Athletics for the University of Arkansas, to continue his service as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee", Hancock said in the statement. "Mr".

During Long's tenure at the school, he hired Bobby Petrino after his less than year-long stint with the Atlanta Falcons. It also didn't help Long that Arkansas is 4-6 this season and Bielema has a 29-32 record as the Razorbacks coach. Long hired John L. Smith as the interim football coach for the 2012 season and the Razorbacks went 3-9.

Amid speculation of Bielema's fate as head of Razorback football, Demirel said fans want to see a local figure as head of athletics.

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Long said in September that he hoped to have a resolution about future of games in central Arkansas by the end of this season.

In 1988 he was assistant athletic director at Rice while serving in a similar position at MI for 10 years.

In 2015, Long was SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily Athletic Director of the Year. Long was the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee from 2014-16 and still serves on the committee.

Long had previously been athletic director at Pitt and held the same post at Eastern Kentucky. She has been recognized for her outstanding work at both the institutional and national levels.