Jeff Long Denies Rumors of Texas Job


Jeff Long Denies Rumors of Texas Job

Jeff Long with members of the SEC Indoor Championship team.


Jeff Long, the University of Arkansas’ athletic director is denying rumors reported by The Dallas Morning News that he is one of three candidates for the open University of Texas athletic director job.

The report from Dallas sparked a frenzy of sorts, as the item became widely reported by Arkansas media outlets, including KNWA in northwest Arkansas.

Long took to Twitter Sunday night to dispel the notion he was interviewing for the Texas job.


Here is the original report from the Dallas Morning News:

Oliver Luck has begun the athletic director interview process at Texas, sources familiar with the process said.

A decision could happen this week but is more likely to occur after Texas’ football game at West Virginia on Saturday if Luck is indeed the pick, a source confirmed.

Luck, the West Virginia athletic director, remains at the top of the list to replace DeLoss Dodds. Two other athletic directors — Arizona State’s Steve Patterson and Arkansas’ Jeff Long – are also scheduled to interview with the eight-member advisory committee.

Unless something dramatically changes, those are the three finalists.

Long, the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee and a respected administrator, has emerged as a possible alternative to Luck. Still, Luck is viewed as the strong favorite with one industry source last week saying he was No. 1 and 1A on Texas’ list.

A special meeting of the Texas board of regents called for Monday is not expected to directly address the athletic director selection, a source said.

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