Petrino fired after four seasons as Arkansas’ football coach

April 11, 2012


— Arkansas fired coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday, publicly dressing him down for unfairly hiring his mistress and intentionally misleading his boss about everything from their relationship to her presence at the motorcycle accident that ultimately cost him his job.

Athletic director Jeff Long announced his decision at an evening news conference and laid out a stunning laundry list of misdeeds against the man he hired away from the Atlanta Falcons four years ago.

The 51-year-old Petrino, a married father of four, had maintained an inappropriate relationship with 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell for a “significant” amount of time and at one point had given her $20,000, Long said. He would not disclose details of the payment, but said both parties confirmed the “gift.”

Dorrell, a former Razorbacks volleyball player, worked for the Razorbacks Foundation before she was hired by Petrino on March 28. Long said she was one of three finalists out of 159 applicants and got the job after a time frame Long said was “shorter than our normal affirmative action hiring process.”

Petrino never disclosed his conflict of interest in hiring Dorrell or the payment, Long said. And he ignored multiple chances to come clean.

“He made the decision to mislead the public, (and it) adversely affected the university and the football program,” Long said, choking up at one point as he discussed telling players that their coach was gone. There was a “pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior to deceive me.”

Petrino finishes his tenure at Arkansas with a 34-17 record in four seasons, leading the Razorbacks to a No. 5 final ranking last season and a Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State.


cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

It's regrettable that a few decades ago Arkansas voters didn't have the good judgment demonstrated by Jeff Long in firing Bobby Petrino. If they had, they would have permanently retired B.J. Clinton from public office for doing the same thing, and, in some cases, worse.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

A past that in Clinton's case can't be undone.

somedude20 6 years, 1 month ago

Are you jealous of Bill for getting or for Monica for giving? Nevermind, take your gang of Craig, Foley, Schrock, Haggard and many many others and have your own B.J. Clinton party.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

No thanks. I'll leave that to B.J.'s fellow perverts.

somedude20 6 years, 1 month ago

You could be just a foot tap in a bathroom away

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

Jeez. It's been 11 years since Clinton was president. Why can't you get over it? Btw, we had a surplus not a deficit when he left office. Bush squandered it with his tax cuts and war of choice and Medicare drug program. Slam!

cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

"Btw, we had a surplus not a deficit when he left office."

That's because we had a Republican Congress that reined him in and balanced the budget.

Set aside a few bucks, buy a recent American history book, and read up on it.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

So the budget mess is all Obamas fault now, but congress gets the credit during the Clinton administration? You are such a hypocrite...

cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

I don't recall having posted on this thread that "...the budget mess is all Obama's fault now." Since you've brought it up, however, I'll point out the fact it's not all Obama's fault. It's also the fault of every other liberal Democrat in Washington.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

And what about the price of tea in China? What a travesty, and it's all Clinton's fault!!!

Richard Payton 6 years, 1 month ago

Does that cute blond keep her job? Isn't that a double standard?

jhawkinsf 6 years, 1 month ago

Fire her now and she'll be on the courtroom steps before the sun sets. And rightfully so. The university should quickly enter into negotiations for a mutual split. And that goes for her boyfriend, also a university employee. Of course, this exemplifies why Clinton's relationship with Monica was so wrong. That she didn't sue Clinton and Clinton's employer is just luck. But the coach's lack of judgement, and the President's exposed their employer to liability should a sexual harassment suit be filed.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

"...That she didn't sue Clinton and Clinton's employer is just luck..." Or the result of a huge payoff.

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