Tagged: jeff long

Jeff Long: Razorbacks' John L. Smith Won't Return As Coach

by Associated Press 11/25/2012 11:35 am

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long wasted little time in bringing the John L. Smith era to a close. Long said in a statement released by the university Saturday that Smith will not return next season as the Razorbacks' coach.

University of Arkansas Extends Jeff Long's Contract to 2017

by Lance Turner 11/16/2012 6:15 pm

The University of Arkansas has extended Athletic Director Jeff Long's contract to June 30, 2017, and increased his base pay to $500,000 per year and given him a $50,000 bonus.

Razorbacks' John L. Smith 'Optimistic' He Can Extend His Stay In Fayetteville

by Chris Bahn 11/13/2012 2:04 pm

It seems the writing is on the wall for Arkansas football Coach John L. Smith, who is making $850,000 on a 10-month contract. He took over a team ranked in the Top 10, but has overseen what ranks among the most disappointing years in Razorback history. But Smith says he hasn’t given up hope that he can stay in Fayetteville beyond the 2012 season.

Bahn: ADs Say Search Facing Razorbacks' Long Will Take Research, Planning And Instinct

by Chris Bahn 10/19/2012 11:59 am

ArkansasSports360.com recently visited with four BCS conference athletic directors who were in charge of football coaching searches last season. Each had his own approach, but all of the administrators — Arizona’s Greg Byrne, Illinois’ Mike Thomas, North Carolina’s Bubba Cunningham and Washington State’s Bill Moos — agreed that a football coaching search is as consuming as it gets. There is no overstating the importance of the decision currently facing Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long.

Jeff Long: Deferred Payments To John L. Smith Done With 'Retirement' in Mind

by Chris Bahn 10/15/2012 4:02 pm

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said Monday that allowing Razorbacks football Coach John L. Smith to defer portions of his salary was done with the coach's retirement in mind and not as an attempt protect assets from creditors.

CORRECTED: Bobby Petrino's Exit Makes Mike Anderson Highest Paid State Employee

by Gwen Moritz 10/15/2012 12:00 am

The departure of Bobby Petrino as the University of Arkansas' head football coach means that the price tag on the highest-paid state employee has dropped by more than half.

[VIDEO] Bahn: There's A Price To Pay For Razorbacks Losing To ULM, How Big Is It?

by Chris Bahn 9/11/2012 3:00 pm

Losing to a team like Louisiana-Monroe comes with a cost. Arkansas’ hope here is that the losses are limited to dropping out of the AP Top 25 poll and failing to reap the benefits of the marketing value that comes with college football’s most popular pregame show.

Bahn: John L. Smith's Quirks, Motivation To Win On Display In Razorback Introduction

by Chris Bahn 4/24/2012 4:36 pm

John L. Smith's introductory press conference at Arkansas was all the YouTube clips you might have seen of Smith's 19 years as a head coach playing out in real time. Smith didn’t slap himself this time. But he did deliver a death blow to the idea of a head coach that we’ve come to expect here the last four years.

Phone Records Show Frequent Contact Between Bobby Petrino, Jessica Dorrell

by Chris Bahn 4/11/2012 7:46 pm

Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and Jessica Dorrell exchanged thousands of phone calls, text and multimedia messages between September and April 5, including on game days during the 2011 football season. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request provided more detail of the inappropriate relationship between the two that ultimately led to Petrino’s firing. Athletic Director Jeff Long said Petrino and Dorrell, hired into the football office on March 28, were together a “significant” amount of time, something the records confirm.

Bahn: Feeling Pain At Arkansas, But Not Necessarily Petrino's Pain

by Chris Bahn 4/10/2012 4:35 pm

Regardless of how much pain he was in following the wreck — State Police Captain Lance King says Petrino did nothing but groan on the way to the hospital (well, groan and provide detailed directions on how to get to the little known Physician’s Specialty Hospital)— it’s really hard to muster much sympathy anymore for Petrino. But there are folks that deserve your empathy. None of them are wearing neck braces. All of them have been hurt in ways that aren’t as visible as the road rash on Petrino's face.

Bahn: There Is More to Mike Anderson as a Coach Than His Ties to the Razorbacks' Past

by Chris Bahn 3/24/2011 7:00 pm

Former UA assistant Mike Anderson, announced Wednesday evening as Arkansas’ new head coach, was on staff during the best run in school history. Arkansas won 389 games, the 1994 national title and went to three Final Fours with him on the bench. But if the Anderson hire appeals to you only because he was at the school for 17 years, then it’s time to put away the Starter jacket, Ace of Base CD and VHS tapes. You’ve missed out on a lot that Anderson has accomplished since leaving.