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Arkansas Interim Athletics Director holds first press conference

Arkansas Interim Athletics Director holds first press conference

Just a few minutes before the Hogs tipped off against Fresno State in basketball, the new interim Athletics Director decided to formally introduce herself as the new ‘Queen of the Hill.’

Julie Cromer Peoples was, at first, surprised when she found out.

"I think initially I was taken a back a little bit," she said.

It was Wednesday when she found out she would be replacing Jeff Long for the time being as Arkansas' interim Athletics Director.

"I have just been overwhelmed and proud to step into and be part of the Razorback Nation."

But there's a lot on her to-do list that fans are interested in finding out.

Like the fate of the Hogs at War Memorial Stadium.

"I think it's an important part of our history,” Cromer Peoples said. “It's a special part of who we are as Razorbacks and the chancellor and I will work on a long-term recommendation for that partnership."

She says the meaning of the game means a lot to those across the Natural State.

"I find the time we spend down in Little Rock encapsulates some of the best things about this state and the history of this state."

And another pressing issue, on everyone's mind, is the fate of Brett Bielema.

"Our conversation has just been, ‘hey, let's work together, and let's go out and be ready to play on Saturday and let's do the best we can do in the interest of this department in the interim time,’" Cromer Peoples said.

But, for now, she just looks forward to moving ahead as the interim head of razorback athletics.

"I particularly am honored to have the opportunity to serve the University of Arkansas in this way and I look forward to the challenges that are ahead," said Cromer Peoples.

When asked if she has full authority on personnel matters, Cromer Peoples says the chancellor of the university asked her to keep all positive momentum in the department going in that positive direction.

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