UH's Hunter Yurachek steps down to become Arkansas AD

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 04:18:21 AM. Hunter Yurachek, who has served as University of Houston's vice president for intercollegiate athletics for nearly three years, will step down to become athletic director at Arkansas, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Monday.

Hunter Yurachek, who has served as University of Houston’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics for nearly three years, will step down to become athletic director at Arkansas, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Monday.

The story was first reported by Football Scoop.

Yurachek replaces Jeff Long, who was fired in mid-November after a decade on the job.

Yurachek, who was promoted to replace Mack Rhoades in April 2015, has overseen more than $230 million in capital projects and renovations in recent years. Those projects include the opening of the Guy V. Lewis Development Center, indoor practice facility for the football program and the Fertitta Center, which is scheduled to open late next year.

Yurachek has four years left on a contract extension he signed last year that pays $450,000 annually.

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Media: Houston Chronicle

Yurachek oversaw a $45 million athletic budget at UH. At Arkansas, a member of the Southeastern Conference, Yurachek will inherit an athletic department that had revenue of nearly $125 million, according to figures compiled by USA Today for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Yurachek was not immediately available for comment.

His first task at Arkansas will be to hire a football coach to replace Bret Bielema, who was 29-34 in five seasons.

Before becoming athletic director at Houston, Yurachek served as the school’s associate vice president and chief operating office for athletics. He also previously served four years as athletic director at Coastal Carolina.

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