After he was mentioned as one of the finalists to succeed DeLoss Dodds as the athletic director at the University of Texas, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long issued a statement through the university on Monday denying that he was seeking the position at Texas.
“I do not comment on the searches of other Universities or on unsubstantiated rumors. I am proud to be a Vice Chancellor and the Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas. Further, I am not seeking a position or engaged in the search process of another University," Long said in the statement.
"We have a tremendous amount of work to do to move our entire program forward and with the support of Razorback fans we will succeed. I have an outstanding team of coaches and staff to work with and have a deep appreciation for their work with our student-athletes."
In October, Long was appointed chairman of the College Football Playoff Committee. The 13 member panel includes athletic directors from the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Pac-12 and Big 12. If Long would have been offered and taken the Texas job, would it have affected the composition of the committee. If he made the move, the SEC would be left without a representative on the committee.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, who is considered the favorite for the Texas job, is also on the committee. But since West Virginia and Texas are both in the Big 12, if he moved, conference representation would be unaffected.
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