LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas will hire former University of Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long to lead its athletics department.

Kansas announced Thursday that Long will replace former athletic director Sheahon Zenger, who was fired May 21.

Long was athletic director at Arkansas from 2008 to 2017 before being fired last November amid criticism over the football team's performance.

Kansas said Long agreed to a five-year contract paying $1.5 million per year.

Private funds from Kansas Athletics will pay $1.3 million, with the remaining $200,000 paid by the university.

The salary is in addition to monthly payments Long still receives from the Razorback Foundation, the private nonprofit that supports Arkansas’ athletics program.

The foundation agreed to pay him up to $4.625 million in buyout money for the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2022.

Long will be introduced at a news conference July 11 and will start his new job Aug. 1.

He was chairman of the inaugural College Football Playoff selection committee for 2014 and 2015 and was part of the committee through 2017.