Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR:
All year, Long: AD fires, hires, inspires
In 2012, Arkansas athletics director and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sportsman of the Year, Jeff Long, made the difficult decision of firing Bobby Petrino. Eight months later, he hired Bret Bielema, showing his commitment to the Razorbacks' success.
Athletic Director Jeff Long stood alone on a stage at Bud Walton Arena on the afternoon of April 10, and he stood tall.
Sports, Pages 19 on 12/25/2012
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