Pitt's Long a 'strong candidate' for Arkansas AD job
Arkansas' search for a new athletic director has finally yielded a name.
Pittsburgh athletic director Jeff Long is being considered to replace Frank Broyles at the top of the Razorbacks' athletic department, according to University of Arkansas Board of Trustees Chairman Stanley Reed.
"All I can say is he is a strong candidate for the position," Reed told The Associated Press on Friday.
Broyles announced in February he would retire at the end of this year, his 50th with the Razorbacks. The university has released no specific information about possible replacements until now.
Reed's comments came after Fayetteville-Fort Smith television station KHOG broadcast video of Long at Fayetteville, Ark.'s Drake Field airport, disembarking from an airplane owned by the University of Arkansas.
Reed would not elaborate on whether there are other candidates for the job besides Long.
"He's not the AD at this point," Reed said.
KHOG reported that unidentified sources at Pitt said Long was one of three finalists for the Arkansas job. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported unidentified sources as saying that Long was in Fayetteville to talk with Arkansas officials about taking Broyles' place.
Long has been athletic director at Pitt since 2003. The Post-Gazette reported that he is in the last year of his contract there and negotiated with the university earlier this year, but a deal was not reached. Long's most prominent hire was current Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt.
Long had previously served as associate athletic director at Oklahoma.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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