Sam Mellinger: Long overdue: Inside the problems AD allowed at Kansas, and what’s required to fix them now

In the end, Jeff Long had no friends. Nobody to defend him. Nobody to support. Nobody who believed. Kansas hired him as athletic director three summers ago ago to fix football, a rudderless department desperate for stability. Instead, he became known for poor communication, insecurity and poor management. Two days after “mutually parting ways” with the football coach he hired, and a day after a disastrous news conference in which he defended his role, Long announced he is “stepping down.” He leaves with a distinguished record of destructive decisions and burned credibility. “I’ve never seen so…

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