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More details from Petrino’s Sunday motorcycle accident

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Like just about every other cover-up, the bits and pieces of the Bobby Petrino story keep surfacing.

What started as a one-man accident turned into a two-person accident, the other person being 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell, who works in Arkansas’ football offices. That turned into further curiosity surrounding police officer Lance Kingwho transported Petrino to the hospital that day and works security during football season.

Now, there are questions surrounding the individuals who transported Petrino and Dorrell from the accident scene to an intersection where Dorrell left in her own vehicle and King picked up Petrino.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is said to have eight reporters — eight — working on the Petrino story. In Saturday’s online addition of the paper, the ADG uncovered a few more details of the accident. It’s behind a paywall, and Chris Bahn of ArkansasSports360 provides a couple of blurbs.

They are as follows:

*A state trooper that was dispatched to the accident scene was scheduled to do a fugitive pickup. He dropped that to go to an accident scene that we now know included a wrecked motorcycle, but not the people who wrecked.

*Initially, the couple that transported Petrino and Dorrell from the scene — to a rendezvous point with State Police Capt. Lance King — told reporters that Petrino was alone. Only after seeing the accident report did they admit Dorrell was in the car. Family members are now acting as spokespeople for the couple, who seem to have gone into hiding.

By all accounts, the details of the aftermath of the accident are still a bit muddled, but here’s what the story means so far:

  • The questioning of Capt. King is important for two reasons. One, and more obviously, he was directly involved in transporting Petrino to the hospital. Was he called by Petrino? Did King know Dorrell was with him? If so, why wasn’t Dorrell included in the initial police statement on Monday? Did King know of any prior inappropriate relationship or quid pro quo? Two, and more indirectly, there is, at minimum, a prior connection between Long and Petrino because of King’s job in security for UA.
  • As far as the people who drove Petrino and Dorrell from the accident are concerned, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think Petrino told them they never saw Dorrell. The 911 call released Friday mentioned both Petrino and Dorrell asked that 911 not be called. Or, maybe the couple kept quiet on their own. That’s possible too.
  • The idea that Petrino could be having an affair with a coworker is compelling, but as many of you have mentioned, that’s his private life. True, but Petrino made his private life public when he went for a ride Sunday evening with Dorrell. And, as is usually the case, the cover-up is what gets the attention.
  • If Petrino did have a previous inappropriate relationship with Dorrell, that’s not really grounds for termination by itself. What could is lying to athletic director Jeff Long because Arkansas released a statement with inaccurate information, and if a police officer is involved, it only magnifies the lie. If the police report hadn’t been released, we may not have ever known about Dorrell because I can’t think of one person who’d believe Petrino would have said a thing.
  • Which leads me to this: if you’re Jeff Long, you have to swallow the fact that your employee withheld information from you* and potentially hired someone with whom he was already having an inappropriate relationship. All in a week. And was okay with it — at least okay with it enough not to say anything until he had to. That’s a lot of distrust and it’s not like Petrino came to Fayetteville with a squeaky-clean record. The fact of the matter is that while potential infidelity only affects Petrino, Dorrell and their respective families, the cover-up had a greater ripple effect that has carried over into the professional lives of others.
  • That said, firing Petrino isn’t the only option. He can be suspended without pay, so Long doesn’t necessarily have to make an all-or-nothing decision. But, if I was Long, I’d fire Petrino for putting myself and UA in the situation we’re in right now.
  • I also don’t have the obligation of maintaining a winning football program with boosters breathing down my neck. So there’s that.

(*there have been retorts that Petrino was drugged up/in shock after his accident, so his initial account could have been compromised. Very possible, but he came down well enough to give a Tuesday press conference… where he also withheld information.) 

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49 Responses to “More details from Petrino’s Sunday motorcycle accident”
  1. thraiderskin says: Apr 7, 2012 11:16 AM

    I love bullet points… Thanks Ben

    This story, with a previous one, seems to imply some deep seeded corruption, but I’ll wait to hear more, don’t want to go overboard with minimal information.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 7, 2012 11:32 AM

    Ben: Good points, agree with all, at least in principle. I would want a quick resolution for the sake of the innocents involved so it ceases to be a slow drip of information coming forth which keeps the story on the front pages in this off season much longer than is necessary.

    Sounds like conspiracy or at least collusion.

  3. mgm36 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:38 AM

    I could not care less about petrino’s personal life. However, petrino is a liar. petrino knows NOTHING about committment. he has proven that with the Falcons and with his wife. he has no ground to stand on when lecturing players on committment

  4. dee6634 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:47 AM

    Has anyone asked if there was a blood alcohol test done?

    If there wasn’t, why not?

    Petrino can tell you alcohol didn’t play a factor, but what’s that worth?

    He’s really a low life form. Arkansas people can defend him all they want, but they need to understand he’s just using them for the money.

  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Apr 7, 2012 11:51 AM

    Why do schools hire crap like Petrino?

  6. gopokes0714 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    What would Patrino do if one of his players lied to police and tried to cover up that he had been doing something immoral?

    like I said before this is bad for his family, his colleagues, his players, the students, and the fans. He needs to answer to them and take responsibility.

    Hopefully any repercussion that he has to face doesn’t deter the program.

  7. deadeye says: Apr 7, 2012 12:45 PM

    This just keeps getting uglier. But everyone knows the reality is that successful head coaches get “special treatment” from the locals to protect the sports programs. None of the details are particularly shocking. When the Dorrell story broke, I just said to myself “It figures.” And now we’re finding out that Petrino was getting help from law enforcement to cover it up, and my response is “No surprise.” And each time a new Petrino lie is revealed, I say “No duh.”

    Petrino needs to be fired over all of this.

  8. larrybrown43 says: Apr 7, 2012 1:01 PM

    WOW!!! This article is long and detailed. It puts the Nuremberg report to shame. Journalist are trying to get a Pulitzer for the benign story. Why do sex scandals only bring out the best in investigative journalism?

    How about something on the BP cause &cleanup progress, the 08 bank bailout, no WMDs, hedge fund corruption, military spending etc. etc.?

    Six journalist from on paper and countless national writers on a story like this is a shame. We are a tabloid society now. Remember when writer’s dream of working for the NY Times or Washington Post? Now it’s TMZ or the National Inquirer. Sad.

  9. smackingfools says: Apr 7, 2012 1:03 PM

    People are making way too much of this story. I can’t stand the media. Always trying to start something. Kinda like Trayvon Martin getting killed by a Mexican man and the media makes it white against black.

  10. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 7, 2012 1:36 PM

    “People are making way too much of this story. I can’t stand the media. Always trying to start something. Kinda like Trayvon Martin getting killed by a Mexican man and the media makes it white against black.”

    We didn’t start jack.

  11. bigdinla says: Apr 7, 2012 1:55 PM

    smackingfools says:
    Apr 7, 2012 1:03 PM
    People are making way too much of this story. I can’t stand the media. Always trying to start something. Kinda like Trayvon Martin getting killed by a Mexican man and the media makes it white against black.

    Wow that is one of the worst comments I have seen on this site. Investigating a story of a cover up by a public official is not even in the same realm as the media attempting to race bait with the Trayvon shooting.

  12. jmb795 says: Apr 7, 2012 1:58 PM

    The people and the University of Arkansas deserve better than Petrino.

  13. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Apr 7, 2012 2:13 PM

    Hiring your girlfriend, lying to the press, concealing information from your boss and possibly trying to get a special favor from the police are serious allegations. Scandal, lies and cover-ups do not sit well with college administrators. I suspect that Petrino will suffer the same fate as Paterno and Tressell.

  14. mountaineer50415 says: Apr 7, 2012 2:15 PM

    To you and me this is about a game called football. To the young men playing for Arkansas it is about their future.
    The AD may be thinking about the boosters, but he needs to think about these young men. It may not matter to me if Arkansas ever wins again. But these young men perform now or never.
    Please do what you have to do and get the coach back on the job, or get another coach so they can go on with their lives.
    These people are both adults and they know right from wrong. Make a decision that only affects them. The choises they made were all about them so keep it that way.

  15. crazyfootballfun says: Apr 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    Sadly, I will not be surprised if Petrino keeps his job because integrity seems to mean different things if you are a good coach vs only an average coach.

  16. Deb says: Apr 7, 2012 2:35 PM

    smackingfools says:

    People are making way too much of this story. I can’t stand the media. Always trying to start something. Kinda like Trayvon Martin getting killed by a Mexican man and the media makes it white against black
    ————————————————
    Yeah, Zimmerman is a well-known Mexican name :roll: I live in Central Florida and we all know Zimmerman is part Latino. You, however, seem to be under the ignorant impression that Latinos can’t racially profile African Americans. The media didn’t ignore instructions from law enforcement, stalk an innocent, unarmed child as he walked to his own home and wind up killing him. Obviously you have no problem with that. Many of us–including white folks like me–are devastated by that young man’s death. Since you clearly aren’t familiar with the facts of the case, please shut up.

  17. showerswithsandusky says: Apr 7, 2012 2:49 PM

    Hire Uncle Sandusky! At least you don’t have to worry about him screwing the Hired Help. Updyke should’ve poisoned Petrino’s “Wood”.

  18. Deb says: Apr 7, 2012 2:50 PM

    @larrybrown43 …

    If you want news on something like the BP cleanup, check the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the national section of the New York Times, or one of the other dozens of news sites on the Web. This is a college football blog, so it’s Ben Kercheval’s job to cover a scandal that could lead to a top 10 coach getting the ax.

    The guy hired his unqualified lover into a $55,000+ job as the football team’s head of recruiting. It now appears that he used his position as head coach to draw police officers off their duty posts to help him cover up details of a traffic accident. He lied about the nature of the accident to the athletic director and allowed the school to put out inaccurate information. This isn’t a case of a guy just having an affair on his own private time. It appears he’s used his position as head coach to compensate his lover–undermining the best interests of the team–and to try and falsify police records. And he’s lied to his employers. It’s a legitimate football story.

  19. stairwayto7 says: Apr 7, 2012 2:51 PM

    Stay classy SEC fans! Coaches cheating on their wives and lying, getting a 4 on the Wonderlic, and never leaving the south to play a football game… stay classy!

  20. slowclyde86 says: Apr 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    Deb—that was the best summation I have seen of this sordid affair.

  21. timh1955 says: Apr 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    Stick a fork in him….His football career at Arkansas is done and it should be. His lies have caught up with him.

  22. Deb says: Apr 7, 2012 4:14 PM

    @slowlyclyde86 … thank you :)

    @stairwayto7 …

    I realize you hate the SEC for winning six consecutive titles. But it takes a lot of denial for a Penn State fan to rail about the moral decline of SEC coaches. Seriously?

  23. guinsrule says: Apr 7, 2012 4:15 PM

    Well, let’s see…Arkansas plays Alabama in week 3…so I’m guessing Petrino gets a 2-game suspension…

  24. tgabbo says: Apr 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    Petrino and Dorrell are so busted.

    To Deb and Slow Clyde, goto http://www.wagist.com to get the latest info on the Trayvon case, includes the reports, calls, time stamping and maps. Funny that you complain about other people not having the details of the case when you don’t.

    Trayvon doubled back to confront Zimmerman. Trayvon initiated the confrontation after the situation had already been defused. Zimmerman was already on the way back to his car.

    Also, I don’t know why you would support Trayvon. He may just be a kid, but cmon, get real. He was a gangsta thug wannabe. Tattoos taking up half of both arms, often pictured in wife beaters, he was the local pot dealer, likes to wear his gold plated grill, talking with his buddies about knocking up some ho’s, his friends joking with him when he punched out some bus driver, and organizes/refs his very own fight club. Oh sure, I know plenty of 17 year olds like this. Maybe one or two of these, and you can say a kid being a kid, but this as the complete package? Trayvon was a timebomb. And of course, he was suspended from school yet again, which was why his father took him to his girlfriend’s house in this gated community to begin with. Ironic that Trayvon couldn’t be trusted to stay home and not get into trouble.

  25. jumbossportsblog says: Apr 7, 2012 5:50 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  26. sitbackandwatch says: Apr 7, 2012 6:01 PM

    Who is fu@king a$$hole now??

    Signed your favorite LSU coach,
    Les

  27. sitbackandwatch says: Apr 7, 2012 6:01 PM

    Who is the fu@king a$$hole now??

    Signed your favorite LSU coach,
    Les

  28. frug says: Apr 7, 2012 6:22 PM

    All I can say is that if I found someone who worked for me had hired someone s/he was in a relationship with and didn’t tell me about it they would both be fired.

  29. cometkazie says: Apr 7, 2012 6:50 PM

    I lived in Louisiana for sixty years.

    This sort of cover-up doesn’t surprise me one bit.

    It’s Arkansas, for crying out loud.

    Usually, it’s politicians who do these things.

  30. sports_dude says: Apr 7, 2012 7:43 PM

    Gus Malzahn, time to come home.

  31. abninf says: Apr 7, 2012 9:10 PM

    He most likely paid the couple to keep quiet.

  32. larrybrown43 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:49 PM

    @ Deb

    If you want news on something like the BP cleanup, check the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the national section of the New York Times, or one of the other dozens of news sites on the Web. This is a college football blog, so it’s Ben Kercheval’s job to cover a scandal that could lead to a top 10 coach getting the ax.

    The guy hired his unqualified lover into a $55,000+ job as the football team’s head of recruiting. It now appears that he used his position as head coach to draw police officers off their duty posts to help him cover up details of a traffic accident. He lied about the nature of the accident to the athletic director and allowed the school to put out inaccurate information. This isn’t a case of a guy just having an affair on his own private time. It appears he’s used his position as head coach to compensate his lover–undermining the best interests of the team–and to try and falsify police records. And he’s lied to his employers. It’s a legitimate football story.

    First, you personal defense of Mr. Kercheval strikes me as somewhat odd.

    I do realize insight about the BP fiasco and no WMDs would be found elsewhere. Thanks for the redirect though.

    Your point about this being a blog sort of illuminates that you’re a master of the obvious. Yet, that doesn’t automatically excuse journalists from doing tabloid journalism.

    Yes, this is a college football blog but not low level, under ground blog. Mr. Kercheval is an employee of NBC Sports. He gets paid to write his posts and he may select any topic he desires or his editor approves. However, it’s a bit sad that he wrote his story with such ferver, length and detail. His best writing in weeks or months?

    If this were a politician (especially a family values one) using tax payer money to fund his tryst or an upper level manager using shareholder dollars to do illegal activities I’m all for 8 local and national reporters turning over every stone.

    The only reason this story gets this attention is because of the age difference and the 25 year old is very attractive. There is no crime here. At least nothing of major substance.

    A coach lied to his AD about someone riding with him on his own time. An affair? Maybe. A local cop may have helped with covering it up too. That diserves coverage but not to these lengths. If the woman was 50 and looks like Delta Burke we aren’t having this discussion.

    If this were an attractive, high profile 52 year old female exec or coach having an affair with a 25 year old female can you imagine the coverage then? Salacious stories make the best out of our writers/bloggers.

    That is my point.

  33. jhorton83 says: Apr 7, 2012 10:02 PM

    surly1n1nd1anapol1s says:Apr 7, 2012 11:51 AM

    Why do schools hire crap like Petrino?
    ——————————————————–

    Because of wins. It’s pretty simple. Petrino is a snake. The lowest of the low character-wise, and everyone knew this when he was hired. But because he brings wins (and consequently money) to a college football progam, he’ll continue to be hired.

  34. Deb says: Apr 7, 2012 10:17 PM

    @tgabbo …

    I believe slowclyde86 was talking about my summation of this sordid affair. You know, the Petrino thing … the topic of this article.

    As for Trayvon Martin … I wasn’t attempting to analyze the intricate details of that case on this FOOTBALL BLOG, but was merely responding to an uncalled-for racist rant.

    The bottom line is that an armed vigilante followed an unarmed kid as he walked to his own home and killed him. I do not care what color either of these people were. I do not care what that kid’s school history was or how many tattoos he had. I do not care if he turned around to confront Zimmerman. I don’t care how many no good 17-year-old black kids you know.

    This 17-year-old was minding his own bloody businesss walking to his own house with a bag of candy and a can of iced tea when an armed vigilante decided to follow him just because, like you, he can just look at a kid and know he’s a gangsta thug. He’s dead because the vigilante made that call. Period.

    The armed vigilante is free because Florida law allows any fool to claim he felt threatened and shoot whomever dead. The number of so-called justifiable homicides has significantly increased since that idiotic law passed. But something tells me that if Trayvon had a gun and he’d shot Zimmerman for stalking him without any cause whatsoever, you wouldn’t be claiming he was acting in self-defense, now would you?

  35. Deb says: Apr 7, 2012 10:34 PM

    @larrybrown43 …

    If my defense of Ben Kercheval strikes you as odd, you must be new. I’ve been defending our lovely hosts John Taylor and his faithful sidekick Ben for years (although I’m also capable of getting prickly with them myself now and then).

    This is an NBC Sports blog. The writers here and at PFT do not report sports news. They don’t go into locker rooms, interview subjects, source information, research behind the scenes, and break stories. They regurgitate information from a variety of news sources into a one-stop resource and give us their own editorial twist. That’s their function.

    Yes, journalism today has deteriorated to TMZ standards. But the head coach of a top 10 NCAA football program misusing school funds, lying to school authorities, etc., is an appropriate topic for a college football blog. It’s not simply a story about a randy older man having an affair with a 25-year-old. It’s a story about misuse of university resources and hiring an unqualified person into a key position for the football team. You seem to be the one whose sole focus is the sexual aspect of the story.

  36. larrybrown43 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:44 PM

    Am I new to PFT? I’ve downloaded it about 8 months ago and it’s my favorite app. I hope this qualifies me to respond to a seasoned PFT blogger such as you.

    From the way you decribe the simplicity of a PFT journalist (my words)/blogger (your words) I’d be suprised if they ever talk to you. I know they do more then search, copy and paste. Therefore, I’m not willing to say they’re just a messenger. They do sift through sites but editorialize. Case in point, the first four paragraphs are written by Mr. Kercheval along with the “in conclusion” last paragraph.

    What? This story hasn’t gotten it’s legs because of sex and I’m the only one who sees that? LOL!! Right, it’s about “misused funds”. Got it. So if Petrino was caught taking home pencils and reams of paper (and lying about it) your buddy Mr. Kercheval would be reporting on it and 8 journalists in Arkansas would be going all Woodward & Bernstein? It has nothing to do with a 25 year old gorgeous blond and a married man of power twice her age.

    For the record. Arkansas was the BCSs 5th ranked team but I’m not sure whether they’re good or not matters. To this day, I still haven’t seen the 94 National Championship game on ESPN Classics or any clip of the Scotty Thurman shot spliced into the CBS intro in the 18 years since. The Razorbacks aren’t Duke, Alabama or Penn State in the sports world.

    You use “misuse” or a form of the word twice. I don’t see any indication that he has misused funds. However, I’m not as in tune with the story as you so I could be wrong. If so, isn’t everything speculative at this point? You’ve come to conclusions already without any facts. Another example is when you say the woman is an “unqualified person”. So you’ve seen her resume then? Isn’t qualified a subjective concept anyway? Many qualified people don’t get jobs to seemingly less qualified for many reason (who you know, overall appearance and quotas to name a few). For someone who defends this particular blog as needed information you’ve read between the lines more than I.

    Lastly, if they did have an affair what if it happened after she was hired and not to get hired but solely on the grounds of two people having a mutual attraction/admiration toward each other? What if they have deep feelings for each other? Is that tawdry? Is it illegal. Do most people lie about affairs? I think that’s why they’re called affairs and from what I’ve read in GQ & Cosmo about 70% of those polled have had at least one.

    I guess it doesn’t matter though because this is just about “misused funds”. Man, I hope my employer doesn’t find out about the paper clips the cute receptionist gave me. If they do, I could be suspended and it’ll be blogged.

  37. drewsylvania says: Apr 8, 2012 12:45 AM

    This is what comes from deifying human beings.

  38. ayeyaiyai says: Apr 8, 2012 8:18 AM

    HEY!! JESSICA DORRELL IS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED!!!! To another coach!!!Poor Guy!!

    How does that work in Arkansas? Was that a Harley? Are you serious???
    I think Dorrell loves riding Arkansas Hogs.

    Good Luck Idiots!! How do you do the Arkansas scream?? Sooooey!! I think Dorrell is the pig.

  39. polegojim says: Apr 8, 2012 9:41 AM

    JT – Batman
    Ben – Robin
    Deb – Catwoman
    Polegojim – Ra’s al Ghul

    Nice job Ben – I too love bullets instead of eternal paragraphs.

    Power gone to the head is a sickness that’s promoted horrid choices and taken down many.

  40. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 8, 2012 10:51 AM

    Man… why do I have to be Robin? :)

  41. polegojim says: Apr 8, 2012 11:46 AM

    Cuz you’re assuredly a “boy-wonder” writer and journalist.

  42. Deb says: Apr 8, 2012 2:32 PM

    @polegojim …

    Oooo Catwoman. growl ;)

    Well, Ben, I was thinking more of a Butch and Sundance kinda thing, but I’m sure polegojim won’t make you wear the tights.

  43. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 8, 2012 2:42 PM

    Tights would be bad for everyone involved.

  44. Deb says: Apr 8, 2012 2:46 PM

    @larrybrown43 …

    Dude, I don’t know how to respond to all that. First, I don’t consider the term blogger insulting. Some bloggers are journalists; they go out out and report stories and break them on their sites. Others, like JT, Ben, and the writers at PFT, are closer to columnists. They’re following sports news, providing a digest of that material in one place, and editorializing on those topics. It’s not the same as a reporter covering a beat and developing new material.

    As Ben says, he’s in Texas. JT is in Ohio. Florio’s in West Virginia. The journalists covering the Petrino story are in Arkansas, on campus, meeting with the local cops, etc. I’m not disrespecting columnists, but they perform a different function than reporters–just as beat reporters perform a different function than investigative reporters and feature writers. Journalism is a multi-faceted business. I can’t help it if you don’t understand that.

    As for the misuse of funds, when you’re a department head, you’re in charge of a budget. You’re responsible for those funds. Personnel accounts for the largest piece of the budget pie. So when you make a frivolous hire, you’ve misused the funds entrusted to your care.

    Frankly, your reaction to this is pretty childish. I don’t care who Bobby Petrino or any other person sleeps with. None of my business. But you don’t stick your sweetie into a critical recruiting position for your football team and you don’t use your position to call cops away from their duty stations to cover up for you when you have a traffic accident with your girl along for the ride. That’s stupid. And I find stupid irritating.

  45. larrybrown43 says: Apr 8, 2012 4:55 PM

    Deb,

    First, I hope you found many eggs with money in your basket this morning!!!

    I certainly understand the challege you encountered in trying to respond to my logic. LOL!!!

    We’ve commented on many areas in the last 24 hours out of the Petrino story. FYI, I’m just a guy from NE PA.

    My original point out of all this was that sex scandal seems to arouse the best in media members and this CLEARLY is a sex scandal not a misuse of funds.

    We then segued onto the definitions of a blogger – journalist – reporter. Thanks for your description of the three.

    From your feedback to my posts, I’m somehow childish for resisting the temptation to form a conclusion without facts. You and a large part of your posse have the myopic view that this woman only got her job because she had sex with a superior – quid pro quo as Ben (am I entitled to be on a first name basis?) recklessly teetered on implying.

    I’m familar with budgets and being a department head. Lines do get crossed. However, it’s seldom as sleezy as, “You can have the job if you have sex with me.” It’s more logical to speculate they had a relationship before the hire or fomulated a relationship afterwards. Are these fireable offenses? I’m not sure. That’s up to the HR department. Is it a misuse funds? That’s a weird term you keep refering to for an employee. Plenty of times we hire and it doesn’t work out. By your definition, we can all be fired then for hiring people that don’t and our supervisor can claim we misused their funds because training supposedly starts at about $5000.

    Yet, we aren’t sure Dorrell was unqualified. Again, you never saw her resume or the job description to base your “opinion” on. Did we misuse funds if a final hiring determination was based on one candidate looking better than the other? Maybe. However, we know pharmaceutical reps and TV achors get hired on looks and qualifications. Won’t you agree with me?

    Also, if Petrino called a cop and that cop chose to break procedure is that an HR issue for Petrino? I would think the cop(s) have to defend that with their own HR dept.

    You and your friends may be proven to be spot on with all this. I’m simply stating that the Duke lacrosse case taught me to wait for the facts. People on sport information website payrolls have a responsibily to do that more than their responders. I’m not sure which category you fit into. If journalists/bloggers don’t they become tabloiders or commentators. I yearn for the journalisim of SI and the reporting of Yahoo Sports but that’s just me. I’ll try not take the NBC sports app too seriously.

    I appreciate the banter and your views. Please relay to Ben that it was nothing personal. I’m better from the debate.

  46. Deb says: Apr 8, 2012 11:13 PM

    @larrybrown43 …

    You’re making several incorrect assumptions.

    First … I don’t have a posse.

    Second … I’m a big advocate for waiting until the facts are in when anyone is accused of anything. But this is not a criminal investigation, bears no similarity to the Duke Lacrosse case (overdramatize much?) and the essential facts are in. Petrino has admitted a sexual relationship with Dorrell. And I have read both Ms. Dorrell’s qualifications for her job as well as her predecessor’s qualifications. That’s why I’m suggesting she’s not qualified.

    I’ve worked on many occasions with harassment and assault victims. Women who are being sexually harassed don’t typically find themselves being coerced into taking a high-paying position, then forced to go out on motorcycle excursions with their harassers. So I am guessing she’s been a willing participant. And Petrino characterized his relationship with Dorrell as “previous” to her hiring. So I’m interpreting that to mean he hired his mistress into a high-paying football recruiting position she didn’t merit. Perhaps he intended “previous” to mean she was his former mistress, but her presence on the motorcycle would indicate an ongoing relationship.

    Yes, I’m sure the sports media is quivering with excitement over the sex scandal. Most reporters would rather cover a sex scandal than have sex themselves. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a legitimate sports story in these circumstances.

  47. larrybrown43 says: Apr 9, 2012 2:00 AM

    Points well taken.

    Posse was meant for a chuckle. Lighten up. You’ve been guilty of some assumptions as well. I never said being a blogger is a bad thing (you assumed this). No way. Mr. Kercheval is working for a major sports forum, presumably doing what he loves – working 14+ hours a day – 7 days a week. Hardly, a shameful avocation. My contention was that no matter the job title semantics there should be less lecherous innuendo about Petrino and Dorrell (quid pro quo) and the determination (spot-on glance) that hasn’t come yet by Mr. Long – suggesting that he’d make an unethical decision based on economic funding.

    I cringe though when I hear the word “but”. It nullifies any previous sentence agreement. Case in point, you waiting for the facts ‘but’ only in a legal case. I’ve prejudged both people and outcomes in my past only to find I was way off. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what type of case it is – legal, professional or personal.

    The Duke scandal is a perfectly good example here because the university suspened the program for a few games and forced a coach to resign merely on accusation. An overdramatize? Hardly. I accept your apology in advance.

    I remember an office staff member claiming the cleaning crew stole expensive earrings out of her desk. She was certain they were in the top drawer the evening she left and she wanted action – legal or just employee termination. However, two days later, she found them in her night stand at home. Three months ago, I had an appointment set for noon on Tuesday. I was none too pleased when people walked through the door Monday at 11:55. I was huffy and distinctly said my email scheduled it for Tuesday. When reverting back to the email, I never sprecified the day. Scrambled eggs all over my face. Every accuse a family member of throwing something away only to find it in the back of a closet? I have.

    I try not to be acusatory anymore unless I can support the claim.

    I thought Petrino used the word inappropriate in his Tuesday presser not “sexual”. I could be wrong. That one word makes a big difference.

    This line really intrigues me – “And I have read both Ms. Dorrell’s qualifications for her job as well as her predecessor’s qualifications. That’s why I’m suggesting she’s not qualified.” You seem very connected to/ informed about this case. I wonder how or why so. Do you know why there was an opening created for this position, was the job posted and was the interviewing process open? Can I send you my resume?

    Great line here. I actually LOLed – “Most reporters would rather cover a sex scandal than have sex themselves.” Is this opinion based on experience? Does it apply to bloggers as well?

    Finally, yes, this may be a legitimate sports story. I entered the fracas questioning the legitimacy in which it was being covered by your friend/husband/boyfriend/colleague/employeeand tabloid journalism as a whole.

    Until tomorrow…

  48. jimbo75025 says: Apr 9, 2012 6:35 AM

    jhorton83 says:Apr 7, 2012 10:02 PM

    Because of wins. It’s pretty simple. Petrino is a snake. The lowest of the low character-wise, and everyone knew this when he was hired. But because he brings wins (and consequently money) to a college football progam, he’ll continue to be hired.

    ______________

    I would not assume he will be able to get another HC gig for a while. If (and a big if Ark. cans him), where would he go? NFL-forget it, he burned all bridges there a few years ago. Petrino is going to be way toxic for any major college to hire him for at least a few years. All colleges coching stafss are set now-the season start in just over 4 months-spring practices are already done. Petrino would be doing good to get a off. coord. position at Upper Middle of Nowhere State U for at least a few years. Look at what happened to Mike Price and that mess did not even involve cover-ups, etc. My prediction is Ark in the end has no choice but to can him due to the PR nightmare and has to struggle through the year with an interim coach much like Ohio State last year.

  49. Deb says: Apr 9, 2012 1:12 PM

    @larrybrown43 …

    You’re enjoying this banter too much.

    This blog has attracted some weird commenters who travel in packs, which is why I jumped on the posse line. I don’t want to be confused with the Mean Girls. My “but” could have been better placed; I don’t just wait for the facts in criminal accusations. As noted, the essential facts are out here. Yes, Petrino said it was an “inappropriate” relationship. Nah, he probably didn’t mean a sexual relationship. Maybe they were engaged in some inappropriate on-campus tree-climbing.

    Other than being an interested SEC fan, I’m not invested in this story. But the first thing that struck me about the story was why a 25-year-old ex-volleyball player was in that position. So I backtracked to read about her initial appointment to the position and then to read about her predecessor. I write/research for a living. That kind of fact-checking takes me only a few seconds, and I do it habitually–not with everything I read or see on television, but anytime something piques my curiosity.

    Odd comment regarding the media obsession with sex scandals … given that you jumped in here railing about the media obsession with sex scandals. And your obsession with why I’d defend Ben is becoming bizarre.

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