As coaching search continues, Jeff Long returns to Lawrence on flight from Dallas

New University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long addresses those gathered for his introductory news conference on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Lied Center Pavilion.

New University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long addresses those gathered for his introductory news conference on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Lied Center Pavilion.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long returned to Lawrence Thursday evening on a flight from Dallas’ Love Field, with no potential football head coach in tow.

Though flight tracking websites indicated the jet from which Long and deputy athletic director Sean Lester deplaned at about 5:15 p.m. at Lawrence Municipal Airport would arrive after first making a stop in Baton Rouge, La., those with knowledge of the flight itinerary said that plan changed.

LSU, of course, is located in Baton Rouge, which remains the home of former Tigers head coach Les Miles, the man most brought up in Long’s coaching search since he officially moved on from David Beaty this past Sunday.

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Long did not speak with reporters, nor a small group of KU fans who were at the airport, upon exiting the Flexjet-operated plane.