Arkansas AD Jeff Long fired, report says

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Little Rock media is reporting Jeff Long is out as the University of Arkansas' athletics director. The disappointing season led the university to not retain Smith as head coach and the new search began. After compiling a 68-24 record with the Badgers, Bielema is 29-32 at Arkansas, including a 4-6 record in 2017.

"I think the part that I've enjoyed during my time here with Jeff, from day one to where we are today, has been awesome", Bielema said on the SEC coaches' teleconference before news of Long's firing had become official. "I know this, winning ball games helps everybody, so that's all I'm focused on".

The decision could impact the status of embattled coach Bret Bielema. "We're trying to put ourselves in the best position ever to have a great Wednesday practice to get to Saturday", said Bielema. He served as the chairperson and face of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014 and 2015. A $10.65 million gift from the family of former Razorback and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the largest gift to athletics in more than two decades, transformed an already nationally recognized program into one that rivals any in the country.

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In 1988 he was assistant athletic director at Rice while serving in a similar position at MI for 10 years.

Bielema would not comment on the status of his athletic director when asked by reporters Wednesday. Among other duties, as a member of the department's executive leadership team, Peoples directs the sports administrator group responsible for day-to-day administration of 19 varsity sports and serves as liaison to the Southeastern Conference. The 43-year-old Alabama native played for the Tide and spent the first 16 years of his coaching career in the state.

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