At a Southeast Arkansas Delta Razorback Club fundraiser on May 7, 2012 University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long talks about the Razorbacks, coaching situation, his decision-making process in selecting John L. Smith as the interim coach, and responds to a question from the audience about whether the university is going to “open up its pocketbook” in the eventual hiring of a permanent coach.

University of Arkansas Board of Trustees chairman Mike Akin, of Monticello, during his introduction of Long, lauds the athletic director for stepping up and doing the right thing in his handing of the Petrino issue. “I’m proud of Jeff and I’m proud he is the athletic director for the University of Arkansas,” Akin said.