Jeff Long out as UA Athletic Director

Jeff Long out as Arkansas athletics director

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

While serving at Arkansas, Long was named the first chairman of the college football playoff selection committee.

He also hired Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema away from Wisconsin before the 2013 season. 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.

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Bielema is 29-32 overall and 11-27 in the SEC over his five seasons at Arkansas.

Senior associate athletic director Julie Cromer Peoples was appointed interim director of athletics pending a search for a new hire.

"I walked out of a staff meeting about a half hour ago, so things have been standard, as usual", Bielema said on his weekly SEC teleconference call.

"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. Mr".

"(He's been) awesome, not for me as the head coach, of course he has been, but for our student-athletes", Bielema said. "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".

Bielema said he has not talked to Long this week.

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