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Updated: Petrino reportedly not wearing helmet at time of accident

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UPDATED 4:30 p.m. ET:  A few new updates in the motorcycle accident involving Bobby Petrino:

Local news outlets report that Petrino is expected to make a full recovery and should be out of the hospital some time today. However, sources told ArkansasSports360 that the coach was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred. It’s still not entirely clear how the accident occurred, but Petrino’s motorcycle was found about 20 yards from the road.

An official police report hasn’t been immediately available, but could be ready later this week.


Unfortunately, there’s some scary news coming out of Arkansas this morning as coach Bobby Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening.

Reported by multiple Arkansas media outlets and confirmed by police this morning, it appears the accident took place at approximately 6:45 yesterday evening in Madison County. Petrino was transported to a local hospital and remained hospitalized overnight.

“Arkansas State Police was notified of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash along Highway 16 in Madison County near the Crosses community about 6:45 last night (Sunday),” read a police statement. “The crash involved a motorcycle that had left the roadway. Coach Petrino was the operator of the motorcycle. He was transported to a Washington County medical facility.”

All other details at this moment are scarce, although Petrino is said to be the only one involved in the accident. ESPN’s Joe Schad tweeted later this morning that Petrino’s injuries are “not life threatening.” The coach is “pretty banged up” a source told Schad, but added that Petrino “will recover.”

Another source told Thomas Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Petrino has multiple broken ribs, “all kind of cuts and bruises” and a neck sprain, but that the coach was going to be okay.

Arkansas is expected to release a statement shortly.

(Hat tip: Robbie Neiswanger of Arkansas News Bureau)

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21 Responses to “Updated: Petrino reportedly not wearing helmet at time of accident”
  1. mrslay1 says: Apr 2, 2012 9:23 AM

    Please get well quick Coach P!!!

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 2, 2012 9:26 AM

    Wish Coach the very best and quick recovery. The bike accidents can be from minor to extremely serious dependent upon speed, road conditions, if the bike was able to be laid down, etc. I have been in enough of them to know a little about it all.

    Prayers and best to Coach!
    (from the present owners of the boot!)

  3. foreverlsu says: Apr 2, 2012 10:03 AM

    Prayers for a speedy recover, Coach Petrino! I hope you are back to 100% ASAP and I also hope that this was the last time you ever sit on a bike. I was in a body cast for six months as a result of a motorcycle accident at age 10 and I’m fortunate to discuss it now.

  4. mountaineer50415 says: Apr 2, 2012 10:14 AM

    Very sorry to hear this. Putting you in my prayers and pray that others will also. May you have a speedy recovery.

  5. aubloggle says: Apr 2, 2012 10:25 AM

    War Damn Eagle!

  6. thraiderskin says: Apr 2, 2012 10:27 AM

    I’m very happy his injuries are not life-threatening and I hope he recovers to his fullest.

  7. salmon88 says: Apr 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    I feel for the decent auburn fans because of aubloggle’s comment. Perhaps he/she will grow up one day.

  8. aubloggle says: Apr 2, 2012 11:51 AM

    He’s a former AU coach & I was just wishing him the best!

    I’m never gonna say the Arkansas battle cry, but I’ll sure as heck gave him a WDE!!

  9. motorcyclesarestupid says: Apr 2, 2012 12:21 PM

    I do not feel sorry for him at all. If you do something stupid (riding mototcycles) things like this can and will happen. Its like saying “I am going to put my hand in this fire, I hope I don’t get burned” Can not believe someone his age did something so stupid. Stupidity comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes i guess….

  10. tappinthetang says: Apr 2, 2012 3:01 PM


    You sound like a receiver, not a giver.

    Get my drift sweetie pie.

  11. larrybrown43 says: Apr 2, 2012 3:13 PM

    Another lesson for the absurdity of motorcycles. Put the bike down for good coach.

  12. coldplay519 says: Apr 2, 2012 4:47 PM

    Nothing wrong or inherently dangerous about motorcycles, but no helmet?! That is just stupid. Hope he straps a bucket on from here on out.

  13. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 2, 2012 6:33 PM

    I hope that is reported in error. If not, that is very unwise and worse.

    Sometime ago, southernpatriots’ family member related to me that some years ago one of them worked for V.J. Bella, LA State Representative from St. Mary Parish. Rep. Bella provided a demonstration on the floor of the LA State legislature that remains many decades later as the point of change for the motorcycle helmet law in Louisiana.

    Bella brought a baseball bat, a melon, and a motorcycle helmet to the podium in full session of the legislature. He then placed the melon inside the helmet and hit it hard with the baseball bat, and there was no harm to the melon. Then he removed the helmet and hit it again. Gallagher would have been proud of the result! Melon exploded everywhere. The legislators passed the law. Would have thought there is a helmet law in Arkansas by now, some 30 – 40 years later?

  14. auburntigers34 says: Apr 2, 2012 7:09 PM

    no helmet? what an idiot. a lucky idiot, but still an idiot.

  15. deadeye says: Apr 2, 2012 7:14 PM

    Coach Petrino, may your recovery be swift and complete.

  16. mrslay1 says: Apr 2, 2012 8:35 PM

    auburntigers34 says:
    Apr 2, 2012 7:09 PM
    no helmet? what an idiot. a lucky idiot, but still an idiot.

    You maggot dog, Everything from Dogburn is a idiot!

  17. mgm36 says: Apr 2, 2012 9:02 PM

    so not onlt does petrino not know the definition of integrity and commitment (see Atlanta Falcons), he’s also an idiot for not wearing a helmet. what a moron

  18. mrslay1 says: Apr 2, 2012 10:08 PM

    The Alanta Falcons…LOVERS OF DOG KILLERS!!! Now thats integrity!!

  19. drmillhouse says: Apr 3, 2012 12:34 AM

    that stretch of highway isnt maintained well at all, and is very curvy, hes lucky that someone happened to be going thru there. 2 years ago a half mile section of the road colapsed thru there, its out near whiterock mountain so tons of wildlife scurrying all across the road

  20. foreverlsu says: Apr 3, 2012 9:28 AM

    “You maggot dog, Everything from Dogburn is a idiot!”
    Go back to recess, mrslay and ask your homeroom teacher if she thinks it was idiotic for that fool to disregard the benefit of a helmet. I’m glad Petrino will be back to 100% and I’m hopeful he received his wakeup call too.

  21. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 3, 2012 12:23 PM


    I have owned three different bikes so far, trying to upgrade each time, but would not even think of riding one to the corner store without a helmet. All protection I wear, and all precautions I take are primarily for others who are on the road. For years I did not wear leather gloves and a tumble one day even at a low speed woke me up to wearing them.

    One of my neighbors, now retired, has a customized Harley-purple and gold, very eye catching and very classy. He uses it in all our parades and is a great hit with everyone!

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