Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long took part in the topping off ceremony for the football operations center today in Razorback Stadium.

Long used part of his time to address last week's 34-31 overtime loss at Louisiana-Monroe. They were his first public comments (as far as I know) about the football program since the loss, which has been regarded as one of the lowest moments in the program's history.

Long also spoke with a handful of media members after the ceremony.

You can read those comments in tomorrow's newspapers.

Below is what he said during his speech to the supporters in attendance:

“One game does not make a season. One game does not define a program. One game does not indiciate the success or failure of a program. One game does not cause me to doubt the direction of our athletic program. With your help we are building a program that can compete year-in and year-out with the very best in this conference and in this nation. Six years running the national championship in football has come from this conference. We’ll be successful. We'll not be deterred. We'll not be discouraged and make no mistake about it, the future of the University of Arkansas Razorback athletics is very, very bright.”

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau