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story.lead_photo.caption Jeff Long's football hire will have a major financial impact on the university's overall athletic program. - Photo by Ryan McGeeney

No decision at the University of Arkansas in 2012 is likely to have a larger financial impact than the one facing Athletic Director Jeff Long in the coming days.

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  • Jackabbott
    November 26, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.

    The sports program is becoming a serious drain on public and private resources in the state. The only thing we have to really show for it is some nice facilities that are used occassionally.
    If the large donors and smaller ones too really want to help Arkansas and make it's citiizens proud, this is not the way to go. Spending millions on a few and showy facilities is not the answer. Instead build a top notch engineering and medical research program that would be the envy of other states. That would attract not only industry to provide much needed jobs but students who are interested in learning and helping others not tossing a ball around. As many have said we do not have our priorities right.
    We all like Razorback football and entertainment but not at the expense of common sense.

  • Ragmop
    November 26, 2012 at 9:05 a.m.

    The person most responsible for placing the Razorback program in the position it now holds among the 125 mentioned is Broyles, not Long. Certainly there are many others that contributed but Broyles led the way. Long's job will be to keep it there.

  • NoUserName
    November 26, 2012 at 9:32 a.m.

    I do believe AR football is one of the few programs in the country that is self-sufficient.

  • Vickie55
    November 26, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.

    Jackabbott, why don't you spend your money the way you want to, and let all the other donors choose how they want to spend theirs.

  • RaylanGivens
    November 26, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.

    Our sports program is self sufficient Jackabbott; do you know where the donors spend ALL of their money? You do realize there are names on academic buildings in Fayetteville bearing some of these donors names?

  • YoungHog
    November 26, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

    jackabbott u have no clue.. Arkansas Eng dept is in near the top and has been for years.. go hogs

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    November 26, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.

    Not self-sufficient for much longer. And why is that even OK - with exclusive franchise and free land and State and University to support it, shouldn't it be funding much of the school and lowering cost to students?

  • RaylanGivens
    November 26, 2012 at 8:12 p.m.

    Yes we want a lawyer talking about lowering costs; that is so funny! I wonder how much money legal fees costs the U of A every year? Maybe lower their fees to help the students

  • NoUserName
    November 26, 2012 at 8:46 p.m.

    "shouldn't it be funding much of the school and lowering cost to students"
    ***
    Actually, you'll find the existence of football at many schools allows many other non-revenue producing sports to exist. And when schools aren't self supporting, it generally means football doesn't cover the entire department. Not that football loses money. Or do you think we should just cut college sports altogether?

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