All year, Long: AD fires, hires, inspires

Posted: December 25, 2012 at 4:42 a.m.

In 2012, Arkansas athletics director and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sportsman of the Year, Jeff Long, made the difficult decision of firing Bobby Petrino. Eight months later, he hired Bret Bielema, showing his commitment to the Razorbacks' success.

Athletic Director Jeff Long stood alone on a stage at Bud Walton Arena on the afternoon of April 10, and he stood tall.

Jeff Long looks ahead, reflects on 2012

Jeff Long speaks at the Downtown Tip-off Club about him being honored as Sportsman of the Year. (By Daniel Krupsaw)
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