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Report: Stanford has ‘reached out’ to Arkansas’ Jeff Long

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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.

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3 Responses to “Report: Stanford has ‘reached out’ to Arkansas’ Jeff Long”
  1. burntorangehorn says: May 18, 2012 9:48 AM

    They haven’t really brought up any Stanford alumni (athletes or otherwise) as candidates, but a few ideas come to mind:

    1. Jim Plunkett. He’s a well-known figure in the Bay Area, a good communicator, and seems to have been a pretty clean-nosed and good leader. And while one might not think this should matter, he’s almost entirely hispanic, and this is California. I’m unsure of what business/executive experience he might have, though, and Stanford might not want a guy who’ll be in OJT.
    2. Summer Sanders. Olympic gold medalist, positive public figure, and a respected ambassadress and/or board member for non-profit organizations, including UNICEF and some sports-related associations. She’s also a media personality and reporter, and communicates well.
    3. John Elway. Sure he has horseteeth and was a prick, but he’s extremely experienced as an organizational executive, and arguably their best-known athletics program alumnus. You all know the story on him, and I’m sure they’d probably like to have him, but I doubt he leaves his Denver post for the AD job.

  2. bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    A Texas fan calling anyone a prick is the biggest laugh. Elway is a better man than anyone the Longhorn program has ever produced.

  3. burntorangehorn says: May 18, 2012 11:09 AM

    bozosforall says:
    May 18, 2012 10:32 AM
    A Texas fan calling anyone a prick is the biggest laugh. Elway is a better man than anyone the Longhorn program has ever produced.
    How’s that inferiority complex working for you, bozo? Next time you troll, see if you can work a grain of truth in there. It’ll work better than reporting what’s in your imagination.

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