Jeff Long out as Arkansas athletic director, Julie Cromer Peoples named interim

Update: Arkansas confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that athletic director Jeff Long will not be returning. A statement by UA said that Long is out effective immediately and that associate AD Julie Cromer Peoples will serve as interim AD. The school also states it will honor the provisions of Long’s contract, which runs through 2022. 

“The decision to change leadership in our Athletics Department is not an easy one, and was made after great deliberation, discussion and thought, after consultation with the Board of Trustees and President Bobbitt,” the statement read. “Since coming to Fayetteville in 2008, Jeff has led our department with character and integrity and helped move us forward in so many ways. However, over the past year, Jeff has lost the support of many of our fans, alumni, key supporters, and members of the university leadership, support that I believe is critical in our pursuit of excellence.

“I want to thank Jeff for his commitment and service t our University and to the State of Arkansas and, on behalf of the Razorback Family, I want to wish Jeff and his family all the best in the future. 

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While the verdict is still out whether Bret Bielema will be Arkansas‘ football coach next year, it appears Bielema’s boss will not be back. 

According to multiple

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