Jeff Long Out As University of Arkansas Athletic Director

Jeff Long out as Arkansas athletics director

Jeff Long is no longer the University of Arkansas athletic director, a source within the athletic department confirmed to 5NEWS sports director Bobby Swofford. He served as the chairperson and face of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014 and 2015.

It is not clear whether Long resigned or was sacked.

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

After Arkansas parted ways with Athletics Director Jeff Long, his role with the College Football Playoff committee was in question. John L. Smith left the University of Louisville and came back to Arkansas to be the head coach and led the Hogs to a 4-8 season.

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Long has been involved with the CFP committee for several years.

"There is a strong desire for someone in the athletic director's seat with a connection to the U of A. Whether they grew up in Arkansas, they went to the U of A, they worked for the U of A in the past, they coached there, they want someone who understands the culture of Arkansas, how important Razorback football is", Demirel said.

Chancellor Steinmetz has appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples as interim director of athletics.

"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. "I know this, winning ball games helps everybody, so that's all I'm focused on". "Everything he stands for, everything he tries to give them on the field, off the field. 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".

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