Jeff Long out as Arkansas athletic director, Julie Cromer Peoples named interim

Posted November 16, 2017

-500 record are on their way out following the dismissal of athletics director Jeff Long.

It is unclear if he was sacked or resigned from the position.

Long, the first chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee, had served as Arkansas' athletic director since 2008. But Bielema is just 29-32 as Razorbacks coach, and the team is 4-6 this season. Long had previously been athletic director at Pitt and held the same post at Eastern Kentucky.

Long then hired Bielema from Wisconsin in December 2012 after Bielema had won parts of three consecutive Big Ten championships with the Badgers.

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

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Speaking on the SEC teleconference about an hour before Long's departure was officially announced, Bielema said he had always enjoyed a good relationship with his former AD.

During his tenure at the school, Long hired Bobby Petrino after his less than year-long stint with the Atlanta Falcons. "We're trying to put ourselves in the best position ever to have a great Wednesday practice to get to Saturday", said Bielema. Demirel said that this focus away from athletics could have turned Razorback fans against Long, especially during a lackluster season.

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

According to the release from the University, Peoples brings extensive experience to the interim director of Athletics role. Among other duties, as a member of the department's executive leadership team, Peoples directs the sports administrator group responsible for day-to-day administration of 19 varsity sports and serves as liaison to the Southeastern Conference.