KU introduces Jeff Long, plans for football program

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- The University of Kansas introduced its new athletic director, Jeff Long, in a press conference on Wednesday.

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Long is a well-known figure in the college football sphere, serving as the chairman of the inaugural College Football Playoff Selection Committee in 2014 and 2015.

The conference began with opening remarks by KU Chancellor Douglas Girod and KU alumnus Drue Jennings, who together held the university's 7-week long search process. Long then introduced his plans for the athletic program, more notably for the KU football program.

"It's time to break the cycle," Long said. "Coach (David) Beaty is our coach, and we all need to support this program. We need to support the young men that play the game."

Long's goals for the team included reaching bowl eligibility for the first time in nine years, then continuing to build toward a possible Big 12 Championship in time.

"I'm not shy in saying that some day down the road we're going to win the Big 12 Championship," Long said.

The subject of the FBI's college basketball investigation was brought up at the press conference, as well. Long's 5-year contract is unique and includes a built-in damage control clause that would extend to the length of any penalties the university's athletics department were to accrue.

The contract specifically says, "Should the University be placed under any federal, state, NCAA, or Conference investigation leading to restrictions or probation for its football, men's basketball, women's basketball, or women's volleyball athletic programs for matters occurring prior to the Effective Date of the Executive, the term of the contract shall be extended equal to the length of the penalties."

On Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reported the university's records on the recruitment of and communication with men's basketball player Silvio De Sousa had been subpoenaed by the FBI--a document similar to one issued to the University of Maryland last week.

The university responded to Yahoo! after the online publication issued a Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) request and confirmed the presence of a subpoena, stating it is "cooperating with the government inquiry."