FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.(KNWA) — Jeff Long is out as the University of Arkansas Director of Athletics, officials say.
He met with University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz on Wednesday morning.
Long has been the director of athletics since 2008.
Julie C. Peoples will become interim director of athletics.
Steinmetz released the following statement on Long’s transition:
“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. 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 to our University and to the State of Arkansas and, on behalf of the Razorback Family, I want to wish Jeff and his family all of the best in the future.”
The university said it will honor the provisions of Long’s contract, which runs through June 30, 2022.
The university announced Julie C. Peoples was appointed as interim director of athletics.
Peoples has been with the University of Arkansas for four years and serves as associate vice chancellor of athletics, according to the Arkansas Razorbacks website.