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KU coach Bill Self, new AD Jeff Long discussed ongoing FBI investigation during interview process

Shortly after shaking hands with his new boss for the first time and watching a 45-minute news conference introducing Jeff Long as KU’s 11th athletic director, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday found himself in a hallway of the Lied Center answering questions about sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Why landing high-profile AD important to Kansas chancellor

It was important to Kansas chancellor Doug Girod to land an athletic director who has a national profile.

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New KU AD vows to 'break the cycle' of losing football

Jeff Long, the University of Kansas’ newly hired athletic director, made it clear at his formal introduction on Wednesday that he was determined to tackle two of the biggest challenges facing the department: rebuilding the ailing football program and dealing with an ongoing scandal in the college basketball world to which a current and former Jayhawk have been linked.

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KU's Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen named to Preseason All-Big 12 team

For the first time since 2009 the Kansas football program has two players on a Preseason All-Big 12 first team. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self on new AD: 'Our place got better today'

The historic account of his time at the University of Kansas forever will show that Jeff Long’s first comments as the KU athletic director were about basketball. But it was not praise for Kansas coach Bill Self, the 14 consecutive Big 12 titles or Long’s future plans or promises for the program that crossed his lips. Instead, the 58-year-old Long on Wednesday made it clear to Self that while he hopes to bring a lot to the KU athletic department athletic prowess is not on the list. By Matt Tait

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New KU athletic director enjoys moment with his family

New Kansas athletic director Jeff Long understands the importance of family. Long, who has spent more than two decades in athletics, knows how hard it can be for those working in this field to spend time with their respective families. That’s why Long told Kansas coaches to not change any vacation plans in order to attend his introductory press conference Wednesday morning at the Lied Center Pavilion.

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New AD Jeff Long in early stages of assessing long-struggling KU football program

When athletic director Jeff Long officially starts his job at the University of Kansas on Aug. 1, he will begin overseeing a football program that hasn’t produced a winning season since 2008 and has lost somewhere between nine and 12 games each of the past eight years. During his introductory press conference inside the Lied Center Pavilion on Wednesday, Long referenced the football team’s struggles in order to declare: “It’s time to break the cycle.” By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self, new AD Jeff Long discussed ongoing FBI investigation during interview process

Shortly after shaking hands with his new boss for the first time and watching a 45-minute news conference introducing Jeff Long as KU’s 11th athletic director, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday found himself in a hallway of the Lied Center answering questions about sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa. By Matt Tait