Thursday it was reported that Oliver Luck had assured West Virginia’s president that he would not be taking the athletic director job at Stanford, seemingly putting an end to speculation that Luck himself refused to shoot down.
While WVU supposedly doesn’t have to worry about losing its AD, it appears Arkansas may have reason to.
Citing three separate sources, KNWA-TV anchor Matt Turner is reporting that UA athletic director Jeff Long is one of the candidates for the same position at Stanford. One source told the station that Stanford had “reached out” to long, although Long has yet to reciprocate the rumored interest.
Apparently there’s a rumor making the message board rounds that Long is a finalist; the station reports that’s not the case.
The school has not responded to requests for comment on the speculation connecting Long to the Cardinal.
Long has been AD at UA since January of 2008, and was in the headlines recently during the Bobby Petrino soap opera that ended with Long dismissing the successful head football coach. Long was widely applauded for his handling of the situation, although it was Long who brought Petrino to the school.
Stanford is currently in the process of replacing Bob Bowlsby, who has been hired as the Big 12’s new commissioner and will assume that position the middle of next month.