It is his birthday. Jeff was presented his favorite cake by the TD Club. Jeff knew that it was Bob Holt’s birthday, too. So Bob was brought up to get his picture made holding the cake with Jeff.
Bo asked Jeff about the play of this year’s team:
“Our defense is getting better,” Long said. “That was the question about this year’s team, was the defense good enough. The defensive line makes a secondary better and this defensive line is making plays. The defensive line pressure and the play of a secondary go hand in hand.”
On sliding in the mud at soccer, Jeff said, “I had to do it. They (the players) were chanting my name. I will say this, if you haven’t stomped in the mud in a while, you need to do it. I was sliding across the water and thought, this is joy.”
On finding a replacement for Michigan, Long said it’s a tough situation.
“We are asking three or four others to change their game,” he said. "As you are doing that, you feel bad because you are doing to them what Michigan did to us and you don’t want to do that to another team.
“There is a sense of urgency for us, but there isn’t that sense from the teams we are talking to.”
Bo asked Long about the Florida AD job.
“I don’t understand all of the questions I’ve gotten about that,” he said. "The last guy (Frank Broyles) had this job for 50 years so why do people think I am going to run out of town.
“I don’t comment on searches of other universities. It’s not appropriate.”
There was a long conversation about what it’s like to be at Arkansas with smaller resources and in a state with just 3 million people.
“I think it’s more fun to fight as an underdog,” he said. "Now, I know some probably don’t view us as an underdog. But I do like fighting at Arkansas. We want to win at the highest level.
“I think it feels better to win at Arkansas. I think it does. When we beat the Alabama, Ohio State or LSU teams, it means more. While we aren’t an underdog to many people, I do think we have a chip on our shoulder.”
There were thoughts on the accountability factor with Bret Bielema.
“I love Bret,” Long said. “He is a players coach. He cares about players. But he has accountability. He has discipline and cares about character… We suspend a player for being five minutes late and other programs don’t for having a run in with the law.”
In the Q&A session with fans, Long was asked about parking in lot 44 during construction of the north end zone.
“There will be cranes there,” he said. “People who are parking there are going to be moved next year. I’ll let Scott Varady and his people at the (Razorback Foundation) tell people where they are going.”