Arkansas fires AD Jeff Long with Bret Bielema on shaky ground

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Arkansas fired athletic director Jeff Long on Wednesday, ending a almost decade-long tenure that included the scandalous ouster of football coach Bobby Petrino and the continued mediocrity of the program under Bret Bielema.

It is unclear if he was sacked or resigned from the position.

Long replaced the legendary Frank Broyles as athletic director in 2008. But Bielema is just 29-32 as Razorbacks coach, and the team is 4-6 this season.

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Long was the one who brought Bielema from Wisconsin to Arkansas back in 2012 with hopes of turning the Razorbacks into SEC and national title contenders.

Long then hired current coach Bret Bielema in 2013.

Long's contract is due to expire June 30, 2018.

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In an SEC Media Teleconference on Wednesday at 11 a.m., several media members asked Bielema about the circulating news over Jeff Long.

During his tenure at the school, Long hired Bobby Petrino after his less than year-long stint with the Atlanta Falcons. "People prepped me before I got on the phone call that there might be a question, but I haven't received any official notification. I know this, winning ball games helps everybody, so that's all I'm focused on". Bielema had been the head coach for the Badgers since 2006. He was named 2015 Athletic Director of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. 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. "Long has accepted the invitation and he will serve for the remainder of this season". 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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