Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long is one of the most respected college athletics administrators in the country.
So when he’s upset about the way something went down, people generally listen.
Arkansas lost future non-conference games against Michigan in 2018 and 2019 due to the recent agreement between the Wolverines and Notre Dame to resume a long-standing non-conference rivalry.
The Wolverines decided to pay a $2 million dollar buyout to Arkansas to clear their future schedule to make room for the Fighting Irish. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema expressed his disappointment with that decision on Thursday morning.
Long was not far behind in voicing his displeasure.
Trey Biddy, who covers the Razorbacks for HawgSports.com, shared a quote from Long on Thursday afternoon:
Arkansas AD Jeff Long not pleased with Michigan's decision to pull out of series with such late notice. pic.twitter.com/odrJ0fbi4i
— Trey Biddy (@TreyBiddy) July 7, 2016
From an athletics director perspective, it is easy to see why this could be upsetting.
While it is nice that Arkansas is in line for a $2 million payment, it puts Long in a bind looking for a replacement with a little more than two years before the first game of that series was supposed to be played.
Most FBS teams have lined up their opening weekend game for 2018, so the Razorbacks will have to get creative and perhaps lower the bar for expectations on their Week 1 opponent for 2018.
From a Arkansas fan’s perspective, the loss of Michigan on the schedule hurts. It was a premier game that could do wonders for the national perception of the program and would have been a great opportunity for travel to a new destination. And they’re not seeing any of that buyout money, so there’s very little in the way of silver linings for them.