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New University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long during an introductory news conference on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Lied Center Pavilion.

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Football still the major focus for Kansas AD Jeff Long after one year on the job

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, marked the completion of Jeff Long's first full year as the Athletic Director at the University of Kansas. Just prior to the anniversary's arrival, Long sat down with the Journal-World to look back at the year that was and what's ahead for Kansas Athletics. By Matt Tait

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KU struggling to explain why it went into 'stand-down' mode in investigating basketball recruiting allegations

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod has said KU is officially in “stand-down mode” when it comes to figuring out whether KU basketball coaches acted improperly in the recruiting scandal that is gripping the sport.

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As KU Athletics posts another financial loss, leaders say focus needs to be on increasing revenue, not decreasing expenses

After Kansas Athletics posted a second straight year of financial losses, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod’s office highlighted the need to grow revenue and upgrade athletic facilities.

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KU says it's evaluating options on Adidas contract, doesn't answer whether it will conduct independent investigation of recruiting practices

The University of Kansas is continuing to evaluate whether it wants to be in partnership with Adidas after two of the company’s former employees were convicted Wednesday on fraud charges related to a pay-for-play college basketball recruiting scheme.

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KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard pleased with new AD

Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard did his homework on his new boss. As soon as Kansas hired Jeff Long as the university’s new athletic director, Bechard reached out to people that have worked with Long. Bechard heard nothing but positive things about his new athletic director, which he saw firsthand during Long’s introductory press conference in the Lied Center Pavilion Wednesday. By Shane Jackson

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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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