Razorback AD Jeff Long Wants To Maintain LSU-Arkansas Finale, Not Part Of Talks

by Chris Bahn  on Friday, Jul. 27, 2012 8:22 am  

Arkansas AD Jeff Long wants LSU-Arkansas to continue as the regular season finale. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Any discussions taking place about LSU replacing Arkansas as its season-ending opponent are apparently happening without Razorback Athletic Director Jeff Long.

Long said Thursday on SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly he has not been part of the conversation regarding the game. Somebody — LSU, A&M, TV partners, the league, perhaps all of the above — seems to be considering Aggies-Tigers becoming the season finale.

“It must be happening somewhere,” Long said. "The conference office has not had those conversations with me.”

Should the conference office be interested in hearing Long’s opinion, he favors the LSU-Arkansas game to remain as the final regular season game for both programs. Long said in the short history Arkansas has with the league, the post-Thanksgiving game against the Tigers has become a tradition.

“We have been in the league for not a long, long time," Long said. "One of the traditions we have been able to accomplish is playing LSU, a border school, the last game of the season after Thanksgiving. … That’s a tradition we want to hold onto that we think is special. This league talks about maintaining those traditions that we think are special and important, I hope and believe this is one we should maintain from the UA perspective.

“Now, I also realize that we are a conference of 14. Things are changing. Scheduling has gotten more difficult. Television is expressing interest more than ever. If you’re asking me if I think it’s a possibility [that the game changes], yes, it’s a possibility. But I’d hope that we can protect that tradition that we have.”

Long hits on something at the end we’ve been pointing out since rumblings of the change surfaced. This is less about what Arkansas wants and more about what TV wants.

If some suit at a TV network thinks he can get more eyeballs (advertising money) for LSU-A&M, then LSU-A&M is happening sooner than later. 

 

 

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