Jeff Long (athletic director)

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Jeff Long
Jeff Long, Missouri at Arkansas.jpg
Long at a Razorbacks basketball game, 2013
Current position
Title Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics
Team Arkansas
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born Kettering, Ohio

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.[1] Long's career in administration includes positions at the University of Oklahoma, University of Michigan, Virginia Tech and Eastern Kentucky University.

Career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Long is married to the former Fanny Gellrich of Ann Arbor, Michigan and the couple have two daughters.

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