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story.lead_photo.caption University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long addresses media questions after his speech at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. - Photo by Brandon Riddle

Jeff Long addresses recent losses

The University of Arkansas' athletic director, Jeff Long, speaks to the media on early challenges this season for the Razorbacks after his remarks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (By Brandon Riddle)
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University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long told attendees of Monday's Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting that the Razorbacks are committed to "getting things fixed" after recent losses.

"I'd be concerned if we didn't have people upset," he said to a full room at Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

The Razorbacks are 1-2 so far this season and will play Saturday against Texas A&M. The game will be televised from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, starting at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Long said the team is not giving up and is maintaining a "never yield" attitude, adding that the best way to improve is to keep working.

"We're not certainly where I thought we would be," Long said after his speech. "I thought I would be coming here to Little Rock to speak on being 3-0, but we're not. ... Success is not a straight line. There are steps and those hurdles, and side tracks and back steps, and then you go forward."

Long also addressed recent additions to campus for student-athletes, including the Jerry and Gene Jones Student-Athlete Success Center that was dedicated Saturday on the UA campus in Fayetteville.

The Little Rock Touchdown Club presented Long with a Razorback-themed cake commemorating Long's 56th birthday, which is Monday.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Archived Comments

  • Kharma
    September 21, 2015 at 2:44 p.m.

    Maybe Long can give back to the taxpayers some if his obscene salary - you know - given the success of the football program and the stupid raises / contract extensions.

  • hlair08290721
    September 21, 2015 at 4:42 p.m.

    I recall Long being on the Texas AD shortlist a couple of years ago, and leveraged a big salary increase. He's on there again.Long's body of work matches the recently fired Texas AD, so fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me - goes both for Arkansas and Texas

    At this time, the top candidates for the Texas opening (in no particular order) appear to be:
    • Oliver Luck (NCAA, executive vice president of regulatory affairs)
    • Greg Byrne (Arizona AD)
    • Tom Jurich (Louisville AD)
    • Jeff Long (Arkansas AD)
    • John Currie (Kansas State AD)
    • Chris Del Conte (TCU AD)
    • Mark Hollis (Michigan State AD)
    • Scott Stricklin (Mississippi State AD)

  • MM03
    September 21, 2015 at 5:56 p.m.

    Tell you what...if Ark State beats Toledo this Saturday, the U of A should have a tandem firing of Long and Bielema this Sunday.

  • MaxCady
    September 21, 2015 at 6:56 p.m.

    Didn't he say the same thing 3 years ago?

  • MaxCady
    September 21, 2015 at 7:01 p.m.

    Success is a straight line, just ask Texas Tech.

  • wolfman
    September 22, 2015 at 1:27 a.m.

    Wow how folks care so much about a college football program. There are more important things to be so concerned about.

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