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Arkansas fires football coach Petrino


Bobby Petrino (photo by RebelAt via wikipedia commons)

Bobby Petrino’s tenure as head football coach at Arkansas has ended over lies and misdeeds.

Athletic director Jeff Long told the media and Razorback fans on Tuesday night that Petrino’s firing was due to several factors, hiring his mistress, infidelity, workplace favoritism and not being truthful about the motorcycle accident. Coach Petrino waited too long to come clean.

Petrino, who is 51, is married and a father of four children, had a secret relationship with Jessica Dorrell, a former Arkansas volleyball star. He even gave a gift of $20,000 from his own money, not the university’s it had been discovered. It was deemed a gift, the athletic director said.

Dorrell, worked for the Razorbacks Foundation before she was hired by Petrino on March 28 (See press release below), four days before their motorcycle accident on a winding rural Arkansas road. According to Long, Dorrell was one of three finalists out of 159 interested applicants and was hired in a shorter time frame than usual.

Long also stated that Petrino never told him about a conflict of interest in hiring Dorrell, or that she had an unfair advantage in getting the job over the other candidates.

Dorrell’s job title is student-athlete development coordinator for the Arkansas football program. He is paid $55,735 a year to organize on-campus recruiting visits for the team and assist in the initial eligibility requirements for each incoming player.

Long would not say anything about Dorrell’s future job status.

Petrino was in the middle of a seven-year contract, paying him $3.53 million per year. There was a clause in the deal which gave Arkansas the right to fire or suspend him for negative conduct which affects the university and or the athletics program. Long informed him through a letter Tuesday afternoon that he was going to be fired.

Petrino will finish at Arkansas with a 34-17 record in four seasons.

Assistant head coach Taver Johnson, who recently left Ohio State, will continue to lead the football team during spring practices, which will culminate with the spring game on April 21. With the staff’s status up in the air if Arkansas brings in another head coach, Long has asked all of the staff, including Petrino’s brother, Paul, to remain through the spring game.


Info compiled from Arkansas athletics, Jeff Long press conference, Radio & TV news




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby
Petrino announced Wednesday the hiring of Jessica Dorrell as
Student-Athlete Development Coordinator.

“Jessica Dorrell will be a great addition to our football program,” said
Coach Petrino. “As a former student-athlete she has an enthusiasm for the
Razorbacks and is familiar with what the University of Arkansas can offer.
She is extremely organized and has a professional approach, which should
translate well into our program and recruiting as we continue to place an
emphasis on this area.”

As Student-Athlete Development Coordinator, Dorrell will organize the
recruiting process for the football team, including initial eligibility
for each incoming student-athlete. She also will plan and organize all
official and unofficial recruiting visits while assisting with the daily
operations of the Razorback football program.

Dorrell, a former All-SEC performer for the Razorback volleyball team,
joins the football program from the Razorback Foundation, where she served
as assistant director for women’s athletics and was the first female
member of the fundraising staff. In her role with the Razorback
Foundation, Dorrell cultivated relationships with current and future
members, mainly contributors to women’s athletics and men’s Olympic
sports, and saw donations to women’s sports annual fund grow 26 percent
and a 118-percent rise in men’s Olympic sports annual fund. She also
oversaw the planning and execution of the Red Tie Salute to Excellence
Event, which in three years raised a net profit of more than $100,000, and
managed appearances at Razorback Clubs throughout the state.

Dorrell lettered in volleyball for the Razorbacks from 2004-07 and served
as a team captain. She earned second-team All-SEC recognition and ESPN The
Magazine Academic All-District honors in 2007 and was named to the SEC
All-Freshman Team in 2004. One of only 15 members of Arkansas’ 1,000-kill
club, Dorrell ranks eighth on the school’s all-time career kills list with
1,310. She was part of three NCAA Tournament teams and helped lead the
2005 team into the second round and a 21-12 overall record.

Dorrell graduated from Arkansas in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in
finance and marketing. She completed her master’s in business
administration at Arkansas in 2010.


Razorbacks put Petrino on paid leave for not disclosing exact details of motorcyle crash


Bobby Petrino (photo by RebelAt via wikipedia commons)

The Arkansas Razorbacks football team like their counterparts around the country are in the midst of Spring practices and concentrating on football and not the status of their head coach.

Starting today, (Friday, April 6) the team will be without Bobby Petrino who was put on administrative paid leave Thursday night after athletic director Jeff Long discovered that Petrino failed to inform the school that he had been riding with a female university employee when he had a motorcycle accident on Sunday.

Former Ohio State assistant Taver Johnson, who was hired in January as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach, has been put in charge of the program.

Petrino said in a statement released by the university that he had concerns about protecting his family and keeping an “inappropriate relationship from becoming public.”

Long acknowledged he did not hear about any type of passenger being a part of the motorcycle accident until Coach Petrino called him on Thursday afternoon. The full police report was released about the accident a few minutes later and the presence of a female was identified as Jessica Dorrell, a former volleyball player at Arkansas, who is currently employed by the football program. She is 25 years old.

Jessica Dorrell (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

Petrino, who is married and has four children, had a news conference with the media on Tuesday after being released from the hospital and did not mention anything about a passenger being involved in the accident.

Long made the decision to put the 51-year-old Petrino on leave during at a 9:45 pm Central Time news conference with their being no timetable for determining the coach’s fate whether it be a suspension or firing.

Petrino has made great progress in four years at Arkansas. The program has been a national title contender and has improved their win total each season. His overall record is 34-17, 21-5 during the past two years and finished fifth in the country with losses only to Alabama and LSU, who played in the national championship game. All three schools are from the Southeastern Conference.


Info compiled from Radio, TV news reports

Petrino rejoins Arkansas football staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Petrino as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Razorbacks.

Paul Petrino most recently completed his second season as offensive coordinator at Illinois, and has 20 years of collegiate experience and an impressive offensive background, which includes national top-10 rankings in scoring and total offense.

“I am extremely thrilled to have Paul become a member of our staff again,” said UA head coach Bobby Petrino. “Paul has had several options with high level programs the past few days and I’m excited he made the decision to rejoin our program. His experience the last two seasons, blended with our philosophy will give us continuity with our aggressive scheme. Paul has a talented offensive mind and he has had great success every step of his career. His offensive numbers and rankings speak for themselves, and he has always had an incredible ability to develop players.”

Paul Petrino (courtesy of Illinois athletics)

In 2011, Petrino coached A.J. Jenkins to one of the best seasons by a receiver in Illinois history, as Jenkins led the Big Ten with 84 catches. His 1,196 yards rank second in school history prior to Illinois’ appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and he also ranks in the school’s top-five in season receptions, season 100-yard receiving games, career receptions, career receiving yardage, career receiving touchdowns and career 100-yard receiving games.

Petrino guided an Illini offense that broke school records for total points (423) and points per game (32.54) in 2010 and featured running back Mikel Leshoure, who broke the single-season school rushing record with 1,697 yards. Illinois averaged 42.1 points and 448.9 total yards over the last seven games of the season and notched a 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl.

In 2009 as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, the team averaged 37 points per game, which ranked eighth in the NCAA, while also posting top-15 rankings in passing offense at No. 10 (303.3 ypg) and total offense at No. 14 (439.3 ypg). Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallet was the nation’s sixth-rated passer, averaging 285 yards per contest and throwing 29 touchdowns. The Razorbacks broke the school record for passing yards with 3,640, eclipsing the previous record that was set under Petrino in 2008.

Petrino coached at Louisville from 2003-06 and in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He was the receivers coach in Atlanta after working the four previous years as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Louisville. Playing for Petrino, Roddy White enjoyed the best season of his pro career with 83 catches for 1,202 yards.

His teams at Louisville averaged 41.1 points per game from 2003-06; 34.6 in `03; 49.8 in `04; 43.3 in `05 and 37.8 in `06. Texas Tech was the only other school to rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense during those years. In 50 games at Louisville, Petrino’s teams went 41-9 and scored 40 or more points 28 times and 60 or more seven times.

Petrino coached three wide receivers who set single-season yardage records at Louisville. Arnold Jackson totaled 1,209 yards in 1999, J.R. Russell broke the record in 2003 with 1,213 yards and Harry Douglas had 1,265 yards in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals went 12-1, won the Big East title and finished the year ranked No. 6 in the nation. Louisville was second in the country in total offense (475.3 ypg), seventh in passing (290.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring (37.8 ppg). In 2005, Louisville (9-3) was ninth in the nation in offense (482.1) and third in scoring (43.4 ppg) with six offensive players earning first-team All-Conference honors. Running back Michael Bush led the nation with 24 touchdowns, while receiver Mario Urrutia was second in the nation in yards per catch.

The 2004 team won the Conference USA title, beat No. 10 Boise State in the Liberty Bowl, finished 11-1, finished ranked No. 7 in the nation, and led the nation in total offense (539.0 ypg) and scoring offense (49.8 ppg). The Cardinals set school records for total yards, rushing yards and points in a season (597), also scoring 50-plus points seven times. Russell earned All-Conference honors for the second-straight season after catching 73 passes. He had 75 catches for a school-record 1,213 yards in 2003.

Petrino began his coaching career in 1990-91 as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Carroll College. He coached at Idaho for the next three years (1992-94), where he tutored receivers, running backs and special teams. As running backs coach, he coached Sherriden May to All-America honors after he led I-AA players with 150 points while rushing for 1,111 yards. Petrino moved to Utah State from 1995-97 as receivers coach and special teams coordinator. In 1995, Aggies’ receiver Kevin Alexander was second in the nation in receptions and third in yards.

In 1998, Petrino went to Louisville for two years in his first stint at the school. In 1998, with brother, Bobby, coaching quarterbacks and Paul coaching receivers, UL set records for points (473), scoring average (39.4), touchdowns, passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, completions and total offense. In 1998, the Cardinals ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing offense and ranked second in 1999.

From 2000-02, he was the quarterbacks coach at Southern Mississippi. In his three seasons, the Golden Eagles went 8-4, 6-5 and 7-6 with two bowl bids.

Born in Butte, Mont., Petrino was a four-year starter at quarterback for his father at Carroll College from 1985-88. He set 16 school records, earned Kodak All-America honors and was named the Football Gazette NAIA Division II Player of the Year as a senior. In Petrino’s four seasons, Carroll was 36-6 and won four Frontier Conference titles. He was an All-Conference and All-Region selection all four years and was a two-time All-American. Petrino and his wife, Maya, have two daughters, Anne Mari and Ava, and a son, Mason. Anne Mari and Mason are twins.

Playing Experience: Carroll College, 1985-88

Bowl Games: Texas Bowl, 2010; Liberty Bowl 2010; Orange Bowl, 2007; Gator Bowl, 2006; Liberty Bowl, 2004; GMAC Bowl, 2003; Houston Bowl, 2002; GMAC Bowl, 2000; Humanitarian Bowl, 1999; Motor City Bowl, 1998; Humanitarian Bowl, 1997.



Press Release courtesy of Arkansas media relations


Paul Haynes leaves OSU to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator/DB coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Haynes as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Razorbacks.

Haynes most recently spent the last seven seasons at Ohio State where he was the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011 after working with the defensive backs from 2005-10. While Haynes was in Columbus, the Buckeyes compiled a 66-11 record, won six Big Ten titles and played in six straight BCS games while consistently putting one of the best defenses in the Big Ten on the field. The OSU defensive backs earned five first-team All-America citations and 10 first-team All-Big Ten selections under Haynes’ direction. Eight defensive backs were selected in the 2006-11 NFL Drafts, including first rounders Donte Whitner and Malcolm Jenkins. Whitner, a safety, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2006, and Jenkins, a cornerback, was picked 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Paul Haynes (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Haynes has coached at Michigan State, Louisville, Kent State, Northern Iowa, Ferris State and Bowling Green in addition to one year as defensive quality control with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked with then offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino. Haynes also worked with former Razorback coaches John L. Smith (Louisville and Michigan State) and Garrick McGee (Northern Iowa).

“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate,” said Coach Petrino. “He has a professional approach and is an exceptional coach and recruiter. This is a competitive conference and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best. Having Paul join our program will help us as we continue on the path toward our goal of consistently winning championships. He has been a part of a team with a culture of doing just that. Paul has incredibly high standards and the defenses he has built have been challenging to prepare for and have always played with toughness, intensity and desire.”

Before the 2011 season, Haynes was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and the Buckeyes ranked fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin and fifth in the conference in pass defense and sacks. Ohio State also ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in total defense and scoring defense, and John Simon was tied for third in the Big Ten with an average of 0.58 sacks per game.

In 2010, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six straight seasons, finishing with a 12-1 record and a victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeye defense led the Big Ten and ranked second in the NCAA in total defense by allowing 250.6 yards per game and topped the conference and ranked third in the country with an average of 13.3 points per game allowed. They also led the Big Ten while tying for third in the country in turnover margin, and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and pass defense.

In 2009, the Buckeyes were 11-2 and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State allowed just 262.5 yards per game, first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA, and 12.2 points per game, second in the conference and fifth in the country while also ranking number one in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA by allowing 83.4 rushing yards per game. Ohio State also was second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and second in the conference and 17th in the nation in pass defense.

Malcolm Jenkins brought the Thorpe Award to Columbus as the nation’s best defensive back in 2008. He recorded 57 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles while leading the Buckeye secondary that held opponents to 164.3 passing yards per game, first in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA. Ohio State ranked in the top 20 in the country and top three in the conference in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

Ohio State played in the BCS National Championship Game in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Buckeyes led the country in total defense, allowing 233.0 yards per game, in scoring defense, giving up just 12.7 points per game, and in pass defense, as opponents passed for 150.2 yards per game. Ohio State also led the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 82.9 yards per game to rank third in the country, and in pass efficiency defense with a mark of 98.73, which was fourth in the nation.

The 2006 squad allowed just 12.8 points per game and 280.5 yards of total offense while running undefeated through all 12 games in the regular season. Ohio State, which was ranked No. 1 in the country throughout the season, twice defeated the No. 2 team in the country by taking down Texas in Austin and Michigan in Columbus.

In Haynes’ first season at Ohio State, the Buckeyes finished the year with seven straight wins, including a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, to finish 10-2. OSU’s opponents scored 15.2 points per game and gained 281.3 yards of total offense, including just 73.4 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes grabbed six interceptions and recovered six fumbles as Whitner garnered first-team All-America honors.

Haynes spent the 2002 season at Louisville, where he coached the cornerbacks under former Arkansas special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith. In 2002, the Cardinals ranked fifth in C-USA and No. 35 nationally in pass efficiency defense (112.9 rating).

Haynes followed Smith to Michigan State for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In those two years, the Spartans were 13-12 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten and advanced to the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska in 2003. In each year, safety Jason Harmon was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, and three other members of the secondary earned Academic All-Big Ten acclaim in those two seasons.

In 2003, the Spartans intercepted 15 passes and returned two for touchdowns. During the 2004 season, MSU picked off 17 passes, returning one for a touchdown, while collecting 241 yards on interception returns.

In 2001, Haynes was with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, where he served as the defensive quality-control coach. His duties included assisting the defensive coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation — compiling scouting reports, breaking down opponent film and writing the playbook. He also helped coach the secondary. The Jaguars ranked among the AFC leaders in passing defense (second at 190 yards per game), scoring defense (fourth at 17.9 points) and total defense (seventh at 316.9 yards).

He worked for two years at Kent State, where he coached the secondary in 1999 before taking over the duties as assistant head coach and safeties coach in 2000. Prior to joining the Kent State staff, Haynes coached the running backs and secondary at NCAA I-AA Northern Iowa in 1997-98.

Haynes served as secondary coach at Ferris State for two seasons, from 1995-96. Haynes began his coaching career at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993, before moving on to Bowling Green as a graduate assistant in 1994.

Haynes walked on at Kent State University in the fall of 1987 and went on to play four years of football for the Golden Flashes. As a freshman, he led the team in interceptions. As a sopho­more, he led the team with 116 tackles. After missing the 1989 campaign with a knee injury, he started his final two years and wound up his career as the seventh leading tackler in Kent State history with 440 stops.

Haynes and his wife, Denita, who graduated from Florida A&M with an education degree, have three children – daughters Jordyn and Kennedy Rose, and one son, Tarron.


Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics


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Auburn’s Chizik gets big pay raise; salary 4th highest in SEC

Gene Chizik (courtesy of Auburn athletics)

The head football coach of the nation’s number one team, the Auburn Tigers, has received a new contract, which nearly doubles his salary and makes him one of the highest-paid football coaches in the country.

Auburn announced the deal recently that will pay Gene Chizik $3.5 million a year through 2015, with all types of incentives that could add on another $1 million.

Chizik was given the hefty reward for leading Auburn to their first national title since 1957 in his second season as coach. The Tigers went 14-0 last season, quite an improvement over the 8-5 in his first season. His salary was $2.1 million in salary and received $1.3 million in bonuses.

The raise for Chizik only puts him fourth amongst Southeastern Conference teams.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s contract is $4.7 million annually; LSU head coach Les Miles receives $3.75 million a year and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino receives $3.56 million yearly.


compiled from Auburn athletics news, Radio & TV news


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