Jeff Long announced that he is stepping down as athletic director at the University of Kansas.
This announcement comes just a day after Les Miles and KU "agreed to mutually part ways". Long hired Miles in 2018 as they had a good relationship at Michigan in the late-80s and early-90s.
Long said in a statement, "It is clear that my continued service as the Director of Athletics would only serve as a distraction to the nearly 500 incredible young men and women in our athletics department, as well as to the outstanding coaches and staff who support them."
Kansas chancellor Dr. Douglas Girod announced that longtime KU donor Kurt Watson would serve as interim athletic director. Girod said he would lead the process of finding a new athletic director with the assistance of a search firm and four alumni advisers. Once the new AD is hired, they would lead the search for the head football coach.