AD Jeff Long Gets Raise To Stay At The U Of A

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A few days after University of Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long was reportedly being considered for the same position at the University of Texas, the UA increased his salary in exchange for Long removing himself from Texas’ consideration.

In a Nov. 1 letter from Chancellor G. David Gearhart to Long, Gearhart notifies the athletics director that his salary will immediately be increased by $100,000 if he removes himself from consideration as Texas’ athletics director. Following reports that Long was in the top three candidates for the University of Texas job, he Tweeted to followers last weekend that he would stay in his current position with Arkansas.

(Read the letter here)

The letter also states that Long’s salary will be increased by another $100,000 in 2014. He is also set to receive a one-time payment of $100,000 this month, according to the letter.

After mentioning how appreciative administrators are of Long, Gearhart writes, “President Donald Bobbitt and I are also aware that another institution of higher education with significant resources has expressed its desire to retain your services for its athletic department at a higher compensation level than you are currently receiving at the university.”

The letter goes on, “In exchange for your agreement to remove yourself from consideration for another position and to retain you at the University of Arkansas, your compensation package will be adjusted as follows,” before detailing Long’s salary increases.

UA student Alex Shell said, "I think that he deserves the raise. The athletic program is starting new and it has promise for years to come."

UA student Katie McPople said, "I think that the pay increase might have not needed to be so extreme."

Long is on contract through Fiscal Year 2018.


  • hogfan

    It’s always about the money….Disgusting…he should have been shown the door instead of an increase in salary

  • hogfantoo

    Let me guess you work for free and the fun of it? If someone saw that you were essential to their company and offered you more money to work for them, you wouldnt think about working for them or at least talk to them about it? You wouldnt use that for leverage to make money at the job you have now? Of course not because you work for free and for the fun of it.

    • Noneya

      Big difference in working for free and his salary compared with even good wages in this state. It appears he was never interested in the job but used it to leverage a huge raise and bonus. He fired our coach over ethics but I’m curious if he has read every chapter in the book of ethics?

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