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In this Dec. 5, 2012, file photo, former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long smiles during a press conference in Fayetteville, Ark., held shortly after Long was announced as the chairman of the first committee for the new playoff system that replaced the Bowl Championship Series.

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OU AD Joe Castiglione on new KU athletic director Jeff Long: 'He really understands the role of the leader'

The news had been out only a couple of hours when the first text messages began flooding his phone. Late Thursday afternoon, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, who once hired newly named Kansas AD Jeff Long for a senior associate role at OU in 2001, had started to hear from his friends in Kansas. By Matt Tait


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