Long, McMakin Receive Contract Extension

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and men's golf coach Brad McMakin have each received contract extensions over the past month.

Long signed an extension on June 11 that added one year to the length of his deal, according to documents released Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by The Morning News.

Long's previous deal ran through June 30, 2013, but the extension now locks him up at Arkansas until 2014.

McMakin was rewarded for leading the Razorbacks to within one hole of their first men's golf national championship with a five-year extension and a $25,000 raise, according to the documents released by the university.

McMakin's previous deal was set to expire on June 30, when Arkansas' 2008-09 fiscal year ended. But he signed a five-year extension on June 11, 12 days after he led the Razorbacks to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in Toledo, Ohio.

"With four or five holes to play, I'm there and thinking, ‘You know what? This was great. We made it to the championship round, we fought hard and we're going to finish second,'" Long said Thursday afternoon.

"And then for (Arkansas golfer) Andrew (Landry) to reel off four straight wins and here we go to (hole No.) 18 tied with a chance to win the national championship, I mean, that was thrilling."

McMakin's extension includes a $25,000 raise that bumps his salary from $105,000 to $130,000. His new deal also entitles him to $25,000 annually in compensation from adidas on the condition that it's given by Arkansas' shoe and apparel provider and not the university.

According to the documents released Thursday, Arkansas has also entered into five-year agreements with women's golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor and gymnastics co-coaches Mark and Rene Cook.

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino signed a contract on Sept. 5 that extended his original five-year deal with the Razorbacks to seven years. Meanwhile, men's basketball coach John Pelphrey didn't receive a one-year extension this summer like he did a year ago.

Long said Thursday that he plans to sit down with Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn sometime soon, at which time they'll discuss any possible changes to his contract.

Van Horn's deal — which runs through June 30, 2015 — pays him $189,000 annually. But he could be due for a raise after the Razorbacks made an improbable run through the postseason and won two games in the College World Series.

"Coach Van Horn has a long-term contract here, a long-term commitment and we're pleased about that," Long said. "He's done a remarkable job, but you always sit down each and every year and talk about where we are in the contract and those kinds of things.

"And we'll do that."

Let's Make A Deal

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long received a contract extension. Men's golf coach Brad McMakin got a raise, and several other Razorback coaches have entered into new agreements since May.

Here is a list of athletic officials who have signed new deals this summer, according to documents released Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by The Morning News.

Name Title What they received

Jeff Long Athletic director One-year extension

Brad McMakin Men's golf coach Five-year extension, $25,000 raise

Shauna Estes-Taylor women's golf coach Five-year agreement

Mark Cook Gymnastics co-coach Five-year agreement

Rene Cook Gymnastics co-coach Five-year agreement

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