LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNT) – Jeff Long is no longer athletic director at the University of Kansas, Long and the university announced Wednesday.

This comes just a day after former head football coach Les Miles reached a settlement with KU after they mutually agreed to part ways.

In a message posted on KU Athletics’ website, Long said he and Chancellor Douglas Girod met Tuesday night and agreed it was in the best interest of the student ‘athletes and program for Long to step down.

Dear Jayhawk Nation and Kansas Athletics:

Last night, Chancellor Girod and I met and both agreed that it was in the best interest of our student-athletes and program for me to step down as of today. It is not easy, but I leave KU with a heavy heart and profound confidence that I have always acted in the best interests of Kansas Athletics. I have done everything in my control to move Kansas Athletics forward in a positive manner, that’s what makes this most difficult.

When I first began my career in college athletics almost 40 years ago, I was driven by my desire to impact young lives through a common bond—athletics. That purpose is what has carried me each and every day—through the good times and the challenging ones—along my journey.

As I noted yesterday in my press conference, the student-athletes have always been the priority and this decision today is based on that very premise. Values are not simply beliefs—they are defined by actions. It is clear that my continued service as the Director of Athletics would only serve as a distraction to the nearly 500 incredible young men and women in our athletics department, as well as to the outstanding coaches and staff who support them. Last night, I spoke with Chancellor Girod at length about my thought process, as well as with my wife, Fanny. Even though this is extremely difficult for me, this is what is best for KU, for me and for my family, and I am at peace with this decision.

I step down knowing that I did my very best for the University. I was brought to Lawrence by Chancellor Girod with a mandate to move our athletics department forward, to reorganize and professionalize how we conduct our program and I believe we have made great progress toward that end. Along the way, we made strides in academics, fundraising, facilities and diversity and inclusion, among other areas, and I truly believe the best days of Kansas Athletics lie ahead.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to Chancellor Girod for the opportunity to work with him and his staff of quality professionals as the Director of Athletics at Kansas. I also wish to thank all of our incredible student-athletes throughout my two and a half years, as well as our quality coaches and staff for helping us move the program forward. To my senior staff, thank you for your dedication, hard work and collaboration on our journey at KU.

Finally, to you, the Jayhawk faithful, I encourage you to continue to support this program that positively impacts so many young people at KU.  I am confident the foundation is strong and Kansas Athletics will make great strides in the months and years ahead.

Warmest wishes,

Jeff Long

Chancellor Girod also released a statement. You can read that here.

On Monday, KU and Les Miles mutually agreed to part ways after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced from his time coaching at Louisiana State University.

Miles was placed on administrative leave last Friday. KU Athletics Director Jeff Long said the decision was made so that KU could, “conduct a full review to determine the appropriate next steps.”

Earlier that day, LSU released a 262-page report from the independent law firm it hired to investigate claims of sexual misconduct. The extensive report states former LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva recommended firing Les Miles in 2013 over alleged inappropriate behavior.