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Jeff Long Makes Mess Of Things In Arkansas

Former Pitt AD Jeff Long could be making a mess of things in Arkansas (Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE)
Former Pitt AD Jeff Long could be making a mess of things in Arkansas (Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE)

I don't mention too many non-Pitt stories here and even though there's a Pitt link, this is still a national item. Still, I couldn't resist due to the utter sleaze of this story.

Ever since former athletic director Jeff Long left Pitt, I haven't mentioned him much. He did a decent enough job here, I suppose and was always one of those non-polarizing types. But that all changed with the whole Bobby Petrino / Jessica Dorell disaster and Long's been thrust into the national limelight ... and not in a way he wanted to be. He landed at a good job at Arkansas, a team that's contended in the SEC - the best conference in college football.

But his recent hire? Man, this guy is a piece of work.

Gregg Doyel has a good read over at CBS Sports. Not only is there the Long/former Pitt AD link, but the hiring story sounds eerily similar to that of one Todd Graham.

Only difference is that Long's new hire, John Smith, may be an even bigger jerk than Graham. No, really.

So, okay, I know what you're thinking - John Smith, former coach of Weber State ... that's the best Arkansas can do? Well, it should be pointed out that his hiring is only a short-term one and only a one-year deal. Still, I can't believe that this is the guy Long came up with. I mean, you do know you're Arkansas, right?

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