Jeff Long named AD at Kansas

Kansas named Jeff Long athletic director on Thursday, and he will be formally introduced July 11 in a press conference at KU.Long was previously the athletic director at Arkansas and oversaw a department comprising 19 sports and 460 student-athletes from 2008 through 2017.Long’s contract begins Aug. 1 and will pay him $1.5 million annually for five years. According to USA Today Sports, it includes a provision automatically extending the deal by the length of any probationary period for KU basketball. The program has been under investigation as part of the federal probe into alleged impermissible benefits and payments provided to recruits by Adidas.”Jeff Long has tremendous leadership and administrative experience in major college athletics, and he is a terrific fit for Kansas Athletics as we work to ensure our student-athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom,” KU chancellor Douglas A. Girod said in a statement. “Those who know him describe him as a man of character who cares deeply about higher education and the student-athletes he serves. For all these reasons, we are thrilled to welcome him to the University of Kansas.”