The University of Arkansas last night responded to my requests for some further information about Jeff Long’s removal as athletic director, partly on financial arrangements and partly on communications between Long and Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz in the last couple of weeks before his firing Wednesday.
* FINANCIAL: Spokesman Mark Rushing confirmed, as I’d indicated was likely, that the Razorback Foundation is expected to be the source of the $4.6 million the UA might have to pay to satisfy Long’s contract. The payments will be $88,000 a month for almost five
* COMMUNICATIONS: I’d requested any texts and emails between Long and Steinmetz for the two weeks preceding his termination. By the time of the UA Board meeting last week, I’d already reported that Long’s job was in peril because of unhappiness on the part of trustees. At the closed meeting, trustees made those thoughts clear to Steinmetz. He responded six days later by firing Long.
The communications by written
This note came with
The writer concluded:
The material given me included no response to Long from Steinmetz on the fan’s letter.
Business continued after the UA Board meeting last week. Long sent notes to Steinmetz and others relative to a pre-taped segment on Cole Kelley for a Sunday Razorback football show that, inconveniently, followed the quarterback’s arrest Sunday morning for DWI; a