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.
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, Long had hired his mistress to a staff position within the football program, when Petrino 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 Long fired him.
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
- 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.