UA Board Member Speaks After Closed-Door Executive Session

Jeff Long Attended Meeting, Didn't Enter Executive Session

Twiddling his thumbs and sitting by himself, University of Arkansas Athletic Director, Jeff Long, waited inside an auditorium at Pulaski Tech in North Little Rock on Thursday as rumors of his job security swirled.

A closed-door executive session among UA board members lasted more than three hours.

We asked Vice-Chair of the board, Mark Waldrip, if the session was expected to last that long.

"I didn't have any certain expectation as to the length," Waldrip says.

"We typically stay there long enough to take care of the necessary business."

Despite days of speculation, once the board continued its public portion of the meeting, nothing was announced regarding Jeff Long or head football coach, Bret Bielema.

We asked Waldrip if he could reveal what was discussed during the executive session.

"Those matters in executive sessions, particularly pertaining to personnel are not properly discussed outside of executive session," Ealdrip says.

"So, I would decline comment."

Jeff Long does not always come to these meetings. But, sources tell us UA Chancellor, Joe Steinmetz, who was also there on Thursday, wanted Long to be there.

Long never entered the room where the executive session was taking place. But, Steinmetz did and was in there for quite a while, according to sources.

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