Long Out As UA Athletics Director

Jeff Long has been fired as the University of Arkansas athletics director, with Julie Cromer Peoples named interim vice chancellor and director of athletics, UA Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced Wednesday (Nov. 15).

Long’s departure is effective immediately, but his contract provisions will be paid out through June 30, 2022. The total remaining on the contract through is estimated to be $4.5 million.

“The decision to change leadership in our Athletics Department is not an easy one, and was made after great deliberation, discussion and thought, after consultation with the Board of Trustees and President Bobbitt,” Steinmetz said in a statement. “Since coming to Fayetteville in 2008, Jeff has led our department with character and integrity and helped move us forward in so many ways. 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. I want to thank Jeff for his commitment and service to our University and to the State of Arkansas and, on behalf of the Razorback Family, I want to wish Jeff and his family all of the best in the future.”    MORE

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