Arkansas hires Houston's Yurachek as athletic director

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas ended its nearly three-week search for an athletic director Monday by naming Houston's Hunter Yurachek as the replacement for Jeff Long.

Yurachek's first task will be finding a football coach to replace Bret Bielema, who was fired after the season. Yurachek signed a five-year contract worth $850,000 annually after earning a base salary of $450,000 as athletic director at Houston.

"The opportunity to serve the Razorback program is both humbling and exciting," Yurachek said. "There is so much already in place, and we will quickly build on that foundation to win championships. We will do so with integrity and while continuing to be a great source of pride for the entire state of Arkansas."

Yurachek replaces Long, who was fired Nov. 15 following a six-year downturn in the football program.