The move comes a week after a lengthy meeting of the university's Board of Trustees where no action was taken against Long.
According to the press release, the UA will "honor the provisions of Long's contract", which runs through June 30, 2022. But Bielema is just 29-32 as Razorbacks coach, and the team is 4-6 this season.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples will serve as interim AD.
In an SEC Media Teleconference on Wednesday at 11 a.m., several media members asked Bielema about the circulating news over Jeff Long.
Long was hired away from Pittsburgh by Arkansas, and he replaced former longtime athletic director Frank Broyles at the beginning of 2008.
In 1988 he was assistant athletic director at Rice while serving in a similar position at MI for 10 years.
Bielema said he has not talked to Long this week. He also served as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014 and 2015. "So I think they want someone who can come in and really not be okay with Arkansas winning roughly half of its SEC games". She has been recognized for her outstanding work at both the institutional and national levels.
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