Hunter Yuracheck to be Arkansas AD

Hunter Yuracheck to be Arkansas AD

When word first came out that Houston's Hunter Yurachek was headed to Fayetteville, it appeared the University of Arkansas was hiring an athletics director with no ties to the program.

Yurachek enters the job at Arkansas with the immediate duty of finding a new football coach after Brett Bielema was dismissed on November 24.

The new athletic director agreed to a five-year contract worth $850,000 a year. Yurachek signed a five-year contract with Houston in January and was earning $450,000 at the school.

Arkansas has been without a director of athletics since November 15 when the school fired Jeff Long after almost a decade on the job.

Yurachek has been at Houston since April 2015 and last December oversaw a football coaching search that resulted in the Cougars promoting offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to head coach.

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"The opportunity to serve the Razorback program is both humbling and exciting", Yurachek said in the statement. "There is so much already in place, and we will quickly build on that foundation to win championships. We welcome Hunter, Jennifer and their children to Arkansas".

Yuracheck has a bacnelor's degree in business management from Guilford College (1990), where he played basketball.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have found their next Athletics Director.

Before Long, the athletic department was guided for more than 30 years by former football coach Frank Broyles, who served as athletic director from 1974 until 2007.

"I am thrilled to welcome Hunter to the Razorback family", said chancellor Joseph Steinmetz.