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Jeff Long hired again as Kansas Athletic Director
Former Arkansas athletic director was officially hired for the same designation by the University of Kansas, last Thursday. Being among the best and most revered athletic directors the country has produced, Long had not only served as Kansas athletic director from 2008 to 2017, but he is also the former chairman of the selection committee for their College Football Playoff. Kansas chancellor, Douglas A. Giroud praised Long’s tremendous administrative experience and leadership skills. He described Long as a man of character who deeply cares about the higher education of student athletes. According to Jeff’s contract, he will receive an annual base salary of $1.5 million, with $1.3 million being paid privately by Kansas Athletics while the University covers the remaining $200,000. He is supposed to oversee the athletic department headlined by Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s team. The team is expected to compete at the National championship, with players such as K. J. Lawson, Dedric Lawson, Quentin Grimes and Udoka Azubuike. Long will also be supervising a football program which last appeared in a bowl game in 2008 and has gone 3-33 in the last three seasons.
Laura Muir targets European gold after season’s best 1500m
Laura Muir recently ran the season’s best time for 1500 metres at the Lausanne Diamond League and now she has her eyes set on the gold medal at the coming European Championships. The 25 year old came second at the Diamond League meet with a time of 3:58.18, being overtaken on the home straight by American runner Shelby Houlihan, who also set a new personal best with 3:57.54. when asked about her anticipations in Berlin, Muir said, “It’s got to be gold. I feel I am at that level now.” Having also won the 800 metres title at the British Championships last weekend, the Scot intends to run both the distances at the European Championships. She also won silver and bronze for 1500 metres and 3000 metres respectively at this year’s World Indoor Championships. Muir said that her confidence has increased also for the fact that she competed with athletes like double Olympian Caster Semenya in the Diamond League and still managed to succeed.
Suffolk athletes earns Great Britain four medals at Transplant Games
Felixstowe resident, Michelle Mitchell represented Great Britain at the European Transplant Games and has returned with a haul of medals, just five years after having undergone a life-risking transplant surgery. The 57 year old won gold medals for 100m, 400m as well as 800m races along with a silver in the 200m race, while attaining personal bests in all the above events. Mitchell works as caretaker at the Kingsfleet Primary School. In 2013, doctors gave her just months to live but she successfully underwent a liver transplant surgery at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital situated in Cambridge.