Jeff Long: We intend to play SEC game at War Memorial in 2018

Jeff Long with David Bazzel at Little Rock Touchdown Club (KATV photo)

Arkansas Athletics Director Jeff Long told a packed room at the Little Rock Touchdown Club that the Razorbacks intend to honor their contract with War Memorial Stadium in 2018.

He said there have been no discussions to buy out the contract, contrary to rumors. The team will play an SEC opponent in Little Rock in 2018.

Beyond that, however, he said a decision will have to be made in 3-5 months. Long said he will work with the chancellor to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Ultimately, the decision will be up to the Board.

He urged the crowd that no matter what happens, he hopes it won't tear the state apart from a geographical standpoint.

Long also said the Hogs need to "shake off this cloud," referring to Saturday's loss to TCU. "I assure you we're going to do that," he said.

"I haven't been on social media since the game," he joked. "It doesn't do me any good to hear that stuff. I need to get up and go to work and be positive with my staff.

"I know Coach Bielema and his staff. I know how hard they are working.

"We're going to keep working and working and we will overcome and have success."

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