Playoff executive director addresses Jeff Long's status on CFP committee

Julie Cromer Peoples

Jeff Long is out as athletics director at Arkansas effective immediately, the school confirmed on Wednesday. He served as the chairperson and face of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014 and 2015.

Long is known for firing Razorback football coach Bobby Petrino after an alleged extramarital affair with a former Arkansas volleyball player.

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

According to multiple reports, Jeff Long is out as the school's head of the athletic department.

Long then hired Bielema from Wisconsin in December 2012 after Bielema had won parts of three consecutive Big Ten championships with the Badgers. 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. The Razorbacks were coming off a scandal-ridden eight months at the time, and Bielema was hired to restore the program to the level it had reached under Petrino, when it went a combined 21-5 over the 2010-11 seasons.

Senior associate athletic director Julie Cromer Peoples was appointed interim director of athletics pending a search for a new hire. "I know this, winning ball games helps everybody, so that's all I'm focused on". "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". Demirel said Long was a driving force behind a $160 million expansion to Fayetteville's Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. All the services we provide, and the support we have given.

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