Arkansas' search for a new athletic director has finally yielded
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
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