Bobby Petrino

Update: a neck-braced Petrino meets with media


UPDATED 5:14 p.m. ET: As expected, Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, two days after being injured in a motorcycle accident several miles outside of Fayetteville.

The coach confirmed at a press conference today that he was not wearing a helmet when he went off the road, even as he said he had a choice of two helmets before deciding to go with a baseball cap.  Petrino said his injuries included four broken ribs and a cracked C-4 vertebra; he is expected to be in a neck brace for a week or two.

A car that happened by the scene of his accident stopped and transported the him to the hospital, Petrino said.  Petrino stressed that there was no alcohol involved.

Below is a picture of Petrino at his press conference this afternoon, courtesy of, which confirms what the coach relayed to the media, that he’s “very fortunate” and “very lucky to be here“:


Two days after suffering multiple non-life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident, Bobby Petrino is headed home.  And, it appears, back to the practice field as well.

Arkansas issued a statement early Tuesday afternoon confirming that the Razorbacks head coach will be released from the hospital at some point this afternoon.  Additionally, Petrino has been cleared to return to practice, albeit with a vantage point that will be limited to the press box for the time being.

Petrino is scheduled to meet with the media at 3:35 local time today, prior to the start of practice.

“Coach Petrino has continued to improve and is scheduled to be released from the hospital later today (Tuesday),” athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “Doctors have cleared Coach Petrino to attend practice on Tuesday and observe from the press box. His physicians will continue to monitor his progress throughout his recovery. We look forward to Coach Petrino’s continued improvement and full resumption of his duties as head football coach.

“I want to thank all of those who have kept Coach Petrino and his family in their thoughts and expressed their well wishes for the entire Razorback program.”

The 51-year-old coach reportedly sustained injuries that included multiple broken ribs, cuts and bruises and a sprained neck in the accident Sunday evening.  He was also reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Petrino will be entering his fifth season as the Razorbacks’ head coach in 2012, and is coming off back-to-back 10-win-plus seasons.

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”