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

Jeff Long Leaves A Mixed Legacy

Jeff Long is no longer the University of Arkansas athletic director, a source within the athletic department confirmed to 5NEWS sports director Bobby Swofford.

Long also previously served as chair of the inaugural College Football Playoff committee, and was named to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey earlier this year.

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

That hasn't worked out, as Arkansas is just 4-6 this season and three games under.500 with Bielema at the controls.

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

Long served as Arkansas' athletic director since 2008 when he took over from legendary figure Frank Broyles.

Could its coach, former Wisconsin head man Bret Bielema, be next?

"Until it's been officially notified to me, I hear from people officially and then it's just you know like everybody else, just gather the information until it goes. We're trying to put ourselves in the best position ever to have a great Wednesday practice to get to Saturday", said Bielema. "So I think they want someone who can come in and really not be okay with Arkansas winning roughly half of its SEC games".

Long is staying on the College Football Playoff selection committee, as announced in a statement by CFP executive director Bill Hancock on Wednesday afternoon.

In Long's tenure, Arkansas won 29 conference championships and advanced to 123 post-season competitions.

The Ohio native played quarterback at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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