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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

 

MARCH 28 PRESS RELEASE ON JESSICA DORRELL’S HIRING BY BOBBY PETRINO

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOOTBALL
DORRELL NAMED STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

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

Bobby Petrino given new seven-year contract by Arkansas

Bobby Petrino (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

The University of Arkansas and Bobby Petrino have agreed upon a new seven-year contract that will extend through the 2017 season.

The new agreement will supersede the remaining four years of the original employment agreement and will run through December 31, 2017.

In his three seasons at Arkansas, Petrino has lifted the program to unprecedented levels of success including leading the Razorbacks to a 10-2 regular season and the program’s first berth in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2010.

Arkansas will be making its first BCS bowl appearance on January 4, when the #8 Razorbacks take on #6 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. Petrino will become only the third coach in NCAA Football to lead two different teams to a BCS bowl game. In 2007, he led the Louisville Cardinals to a victory in the Orange Bowl.

As part of the new agreement, Petrino will receive an increase in his average annual compensation to a total of $3.36 million a year during the length of the agreement. The increase to Petrino’s compensation package will be paid with athletic department-generated revenues and private gift support and will not include any taxpayer dollars or student fees. The new agreement will also expand the non-compete clause in Coach Petrino’s current contract to include all Southeastern Conference institutions, rather than being limited to western division schools only.

Coach Petrino is excited about the new agreement. “I am excited to express my commitment to the University of Arkansas. Chancellor Dave Gearhart and Jeff Long have been tremendous in terms of their support and I appreciate the positive energy the fans have demonstrated. I look forward to continuing to dedicate myself to leading the Razorback football program.”

Info courtesy of the Arkansas athletics