Swinefinder wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:40 pm
That's an interesting "take" Mr. Davenport. As an passionate (but average in every other way) fan, Long always impressed me as a guy who was fairly adroit at dealing with well healed boosters. Without naming names, could you give an example of how Long ticked off some big moneyed people?
Two board trustees and a "well heeled booster" from east Arkansas met with Long prior to breaking ground on the new expansion to ask him to delay (not cancel the expansion plans), just delay the start for a while. Reportedly Long disagreed or was non-committal regarding the "request" and as we know went on with his plans for the expansion. Needless to say it didn't sit well with the three. And enemies will verbalize their displeasure whenever the chance arises. And apparently did.
When the 5th Bielema season went down the drain fairly early (TCU loss in Razorback Stadium), and a virtually complete collapse after the New Mexico win, Long refused to fire his head coach and reportedly lost any remaining support he had with the board of trustees.