Long's latest contract amendment listed an annual salary of $750,000.
Long has been involved with the CFP committee for several years. Long declined an interview request from The Associated Press, saying he needed "a little time". Speaking on the SEC teleconference about an hour before Long's departure was officially announced, Bielema said he had always enjoyed a good relationship with his former AD. "For our student-athletes, everything he stands for, everything he's tried to give them off the field, on the field, all the services we provide, all the support we've given. It's been awesome to witness and hopefully continue forward". Long has worked at nine FBS schools. Instead, Steinmetz was called into the session while Long waited outside. "Long has accepted the invitation and he will serve for the remainder of this season".
"That matters especially when he has helmed a project to expand that Razorback Stadium", Demirel said.
Long served as AD and Associate Vice Chancellor for Athletics for 10 years after taking over for Frank Broyles in 2008. Petrino was sacked four years later after lying about his relationship with a staffer after a motorcycle accident. That led to revelations that he had hired the woman to a position in the athletic department, and that he had given her $20,000 to buy a new auto. The disappointing season led the university to not retain Smith as head coach and the new search began. Bielema was hired in 2012 and has gone 29-32 with the Razorbacks including just 11-27 in the SEC.
The one sliver of hope Bielema has, and it's a small sliver, is if he wins the last two games of the season and makes a bowl.
Long had been widely praised, however, for his dealing with the firing of Petrino.
Jeff Long took a lot of criticism for the hiring of then women's basketball coach Jimmy Dykes.
"He's been an unbelievable leader, and it's kind of hard for me to wrap my mind around it - the things that have transpired today", Anderson said.
Chancellor Steinmetz has appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples as interim director of athletics.