Jeff Long (athletic director)
Long at a Razorbacks basketball game, 2013
|Title||Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics|
Jeff Long (born c. 1960) is currently the athletic director at the University of Arkansas and joined the university in 2008 after holding the same position at the University of Pittsburgh. Long's career in administration includes positions at the University of Oklahoma, University of Michigan, Virginia Tech and Eastern Kentucky University.
A former two-sport athlete at Ohio Wesleyan, Long earned seven varsity letters for the Bishops in football and baseball before completing his degree in economics in 1982. He started his post graduate career in athletics as a graduate assistant football coach at the cradle of coaches, Miami University (Ohio). Long earned his master's in education at Miami in 1983, moving on to football staff positions at Rice, Duke and NC State prior to joining Bo Schembechler at Michigan.
Long replaced Frank Broyles, who retired at Arkansas at the beginning of 2008. Prior to his term at Arkansas, Long was hired as Pittsburgh's athletic director after Steve Pederson left the University of Pittsburgh to take the same position at the University of Nebraska.
Long hired controversial football coach Bobby Petrino in 2008 and later fired Petrino in 2012. The firing followed revelations that Petrino had been in an extramarital affair with a former Arkansas volleyball player, had hired his mistress to a staff position within the football program, and had attempted to cover up the fact that he had been riding with her when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in April 2012.
In October 2013, Long was announced as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, along with twelve other members, which will rank college football teams in order to select teams for the first ever college football playoff and related top-tier bowls.
Long is married to the former Fanny Gellrich of Ann Arbor, Michigan and the couple have two daughters.
- Arkansas hires Pitt's Long as next AD ESPN, retrieved January 23, 2008
- Jeff Long BIO ARKANSAS Athletics, retrieved April 7, 2012
- Pitt Athletic Director Jeff Long Interviews At Arkansas The Pittsburgh Channel, retrieved March 30, 2008
- "Arkansas fires Bobby Petrino for 'reckless behavior'". Chicago Tribune. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
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