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Updated: Statements issued after Petrino fired from Arkansas

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UPDATED 10:34 p.m. ET: Here are Jeff Long’s opening remarks transcribed in their entirety, courtesy of The Times-Record:

“Last Thursday night, I met with you to share information that I had learned just hours earlier that Coach Petrino had not been forthcoming with me and with you about the circumstances of this motorcycle accident.

As you know, I placed Coach Petrino on administrative leave while I reviewed his contract related to the accident. I assured him and all of you that I would approach this task fairly and thoroughly. Since that time, I have spoken with key individuals that were involved in the accident and in what occurred afterwards, his passenger on the motorcycle, the individuals who transported him to Fayetteville and to the hospital, and several people who spoke with Coach Petrino before and after the accident.

I reviewed the manner, timing, and extend to which Coach Petrino shared information about the accident, both with men and with others, and to whom he was accountable. That includes among others, the members of the football program, our supporters, student-athletes, faculty, staff, and alumni of the university, and the public at large.

My review raised several concerns which led me to look beyond the accident itself. That included the professional and personal relationship he had with his passenger, Jessica Dorrell, the process and circumstances that influenced his decision to hire her as a direct report member of his staff and his candor and behavior of my staff.

Here are the key findings of my review:

Coach Petrino knowingly misled the athletics department and university about the circumstance related to this accident. He had multiple opportunities over a four day period to be forthcoming with me. He chose not to. He treated the news media and the general public in a similar manner. Coach Petrino’s relationship with Ms. Dorrell gave her an unfair and undisclosed advantage for a position on Coach Petrino’s football staff. She was one of 159 applicants for the job and Coach Petrino himself participated in the review and selection process without disclosing his relationship with her and that constitutes a conflict of interest under university policy.

During my review of this matter, Coach Petrino informed me that he give a large sum of cash, some $20,000 to Ms. Dorrell. Coach Petrino, however, failed to disclose this information to me prior to his recommendation to hire her into the football program.

Coach Petrino’s conduct regarding his account of the accident jeopardized the integrity of the football program. He made a choice to return to practice on Tuesday, to hold a press conference, and to demonstrate his physical resiliency and command of his program, all the time failing to correct his initial report that he was the only person involved in the accident. He made a conscious decision to speak and mislead the public on Tuesday. In doing so, he negatively and adversely affected the reputation of the University of Arkansas and our football program.

By itself, Coach Petrino’s consensual relationship with Ms. Dorrell prior to her joining the football staff was not against university policy. By itself, it is a matter between individuals and their families. However, in this case, Coach Petrino abused his authority when over the past few weeks, he made a staff decision and personal choices that benefited himself and jeopardized the integrity of the football program. In short, Coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members or the athletics’ staff both before and after the motorcycle accident.

He used athletic department funds to hire for his staff a person whom he had an inappropriate relationship. He engaged in reckless and unacceptable behavior and put his relationship in the national spotlight. Coach Petrino’s conduct was contrary to character and responsibilities we demand of our head football coach. In fact, that is the very language that is included in his contract that he signed as the University of Arkansas

Consequently, this afternoon, I informed Coach Petrino that his employment with the university was being terminated immediately.”


UPDATED 10:05 p.m. ET: Bobby Petrino has released the following statement through his agent:

I was informed in writing today at 5:45 p.m. that I was being terminated as head football coach at the University of Arkansas.

The simplest response I have is: I’m sorry. These two words seem very inadequate. But that is my heart. All I have been able to think about is the number of people I’ve let down by making selfish decisions. I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the past. Some deserved, some not deserved. This time, I have no one to blame but myself.

I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end of that relationship and in the aftermath of the accident. I accept full responsibility for what has happened.

I’m sure you heard Jeff Long’s reasons for termination. There was a lot of information shared. Given the decision that has been made, this is not the place to debate Jeff’s view of what happened. In the end, I put him in the position of having to sort through my mistakes and that is my fault.

I have hurt my wife Becky and our four children. I’ve let down the University of Arkansas, my team, coaching staff and everyone associated with the Razorback football program. As a result of my personal mistakes, we will not get to finish our goal of building a championship program. I wish that I had been given the opportunity to meet with the players and staff prior to this evening’s press conference and hope that I will be given the opportunity to give my apologies and say my goodbyes in person. We have left the program in better shape than we found it and I want the Razorback Nation to know that it is my hope that the program achieves the success it deserves.

My sole focus at this point is trying to repair the damage I’ve done to my family. They did not ask for any of this and deserve better. I am committed to being a better husband, father and human being as a result of this and will work each and every day to prove that to my family, friends and others.

I love football. I love coaching. I of course hope I can find my way back to the profession I love. In the meantime, I will do everything I can to heal the wounds I have created.

I want to thank Chancellor Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, the University administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and fans for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas for the past 4 years. I was not given an opportunity to continue in that position. I wish that had been the case, but that was not my decision. I wish nothing but the best for the Razorback football program, the University and the entire Razorback Nation.


After nearly a week of debating, we have our answer.

Multiple reports broke the news earlier this evening, but athletic director Jeff Long confirmed in a press conference that Bobby Petrino would no longer be the head coach of Arkansas effective immediately. Long cited a long and deliberate review in which he discovered coach Petrino had “knowingly misled the athletic department about the circumstances of the [motorcycle] accident.”

Additionally, Long said Petrino gave football employee Jessica Dorrell an “unfair and undisclosed advantage” for her new job. According to Long, nearly 160 people applied for Ms. Dorrell’s position, and only three were interviewed. Long said Petrino failed to disclose his relationship with Dorrell, which apparently was going on for a “significant period of time.”

Petrino and Dorrell also confirmed to Long that Dorrell received $20,000 in cash from Petrino. Long later told a local news outlet that the payment was not made with university money.

“Coach Petrino abused his authority and made choices that benefited him while hurting the program,” Long said. “No single individual is bigger than the team.”

Long added that he made the decision to fire Petrino on his own. He denied reports that Petrino was offered an opportunity to stay, and insisted Petrino was not given the chance to plead his case.

Long said Petrino was terminated with cause.

Petrino was in what was initially reported to be a one-man motorcycle accident last Sunday. However, a police report last Thursday confirmed that Dorrell was on the motorcycle with Petrino when it crashed. Dorrell works in the football offices at Arkansas as the student-athlete development coordinator and began her current job on March 28, just days before the accident.

Petrino had a 34-17 record in four seasons with the Razorbacks. A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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101 Responses to “Updated: Statements issued after Petrino fired from Arkansas”
  1. kingdavid56 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:51 PM

    Great move

  2. timh1955 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:54 PM

    Everyone in Atlanta is VERY happy! I guess the next legal action against him will be when his wife files for divorce. I hope the girl was worth all this!

  3. trbowman says: Apr 10, 2012 7:56 PM

    Good, now enough with this snake oil salesman already.

  4. abninf says: Apr 10, 2012 8:01 PM

    The question now is who’s the idiot that will hire him next.

  5. uschawk says: Apr 10, 2012 8:04 PM

    That was one expensive motorcycle ride.

  6. papabush88 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:05 PM

    What’s wrong with scoring in the offseason?

    (can’t take credit for that one. heard it elsewhere)

  7. TxGrown says: Apr 10, 2012 8:07 PM

    “The question now is who’s the idiot that will hire him next.”

    GM for the NY Jets?

  8. weswelkerspornstash says: Apr 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    What a tool. He wouldn’t take penalties, what an complete ahole. I hope that the disregard for the school will be noticed by future/possible employers.

  9. bamasleeper13 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    Good move! The guy is a sleeze, how can he tell these kids to be honest and do the right thing? I hope his wife cleans him out.

  10. suttonea76 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:11 PM

    It took 10 years of classless douchebaggery for him to get fired. I don’t feel sorry for the Hogs since they weren’t smart enough to do a background check. Louisville and Atlanta got screwed and Arkansas was none the wiser. Both parties are stupid!

  11. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Apr 10, 2012 8:12 PM

    Perfectly deserved. It’s a shame Arkansas tried to weasel out, offering “conditions”. Or perhaps that’s a legal strategy.

  12. ningenito78 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    Where are all the SEC-style Arkansas fans now saying he’ll get a slap on the wrist? Sorry. Turns out your conference has to play by the rules too

  13. floriocantwrite says: Apr 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    Way to go JackA**!!! I hope he never works again, such a slime bag!

  14. mrlaloosh says: Apr 10, 2012 8:39 PM

    SOOOOOOEEEEEEEE PIG! Now you Ar-Kansas losers can get back to tending your stills. I’m sure your wife/sister is crushed by this news. Of course you will have to read it to her.

  15. bobulated says: Apr 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer d-bag.

  16. meefaw says: Apr 10, 2012 8:50 PM

    bwhahaha! now hog fans know what the rest of the sports world already knew. petrino is a douche that has zero integrity

  17. crazyfootballfun says: Apr 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    Congratulations to the AD for doing the right thing, for putting integrity over winning. Now, I really will be cheering for Arkansas.

  18. memphisyinzer says: Apr 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    Ain’t Karma a bitch?????

  19. dmcgrann says: Apr 10, 2012 8:55 PM

    From what I can tell, Petrino’s contract language was structured in such a way that the University pretty much acknowledged that Petrino had problems with telling the truth and acting right in the past, but that further transgressions weren’t to be tolerated.

    That’s nothing new. My alma mater hired a head football coach with a prior DWI, and, when he was charged with another (of which he ended up not being convicted of), he tendered his resignation the next day and it was accepted. One week before the start of the season. It had been understood that there would be no second chance.

    It’s sort of amazing that Arkansas would consider “keeping him with penalties”, and perhaps more amazing that Petrino would think he was in the position to refuse the penalties.

    And, there’s no doubt about it, the issue is telling the truth and trust. It doesn’t matter if he was on his bike with a 25 year old, 35 year old, or even a 15 year old woman who wasn’t his wife. He lied to his bosses.

  20. lobo7456 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:58 PM

    Arkansas should be proud of Jeff Long. I’m from PA but I’ll be rooting for the Razorbacks to have a great year. I’m a college football fan not a moralist. But I will say college football does not need morally corrupt coaches leading the programs.

  21. imaduffer says: Apr 10, 2012 9:00 PM

    Now he has qualified to run for Governor of Arkansas. No vetting needed.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:01 PM

    Did Dorrell get fired too? Three days on the ” job” and the HC gets fired. – its only fair.

  23. jckid21 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:03 PM

    Great move by Arkansas. The University did the right thing here, but don’t for one second think Petrino has disappeared from the college football landscape. Regardless of what you think of the jerk we know as Bobby Petrino the bottom line is he wins on the college level. And he wins a hell of a lot more than he loses. So if you think Bobby is gone… are wrong! Around December of next year when all of this garbage is in Bobby’s rearview mirror some D1 university looking to build their football program or resurrect old glory will offer Petrino a contract and he will be back on the sidelines in Fall 2013. That is the way it works. If you don’t believe me ask Mike Leach or George O’Leary. You can allegedly torture an injured player or lie on your resume, but as long as you win a job will be waiting. Bobby will be back and ESPN E60 special about how he turned around another program will be soon after.

  24. thegonz13 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:05 PM

    Coming up after the break… MRS. Petrino’s comments. Viewer discretion is advised.

  25. cereal blogger says: Apr 10, 2012 9:07 PM

    Real smart, fire the guy in the neckbrace. Somebody is getting sued

  26. wilburmills says: Apr 10, 2012 9:11 PM

    Petrino was not given the chance to remain, with penalties or otherwise….all the SEC and Arkansas bashers who said Arkansas wouldn’t fire him need to give Jeff Long some credit….he did the right thing…

    wait and see…Petrino will be coaching at somewhere in college in the very near future…

  27. eprobono says: Apr 10, 2012 9:14 PM

    Wow … I didn’t think the UA administration had the low hangers to do this.

    I’m impressed.

    I take back half the smack talk I’ve posted about them.

  28. jckid21 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:19 PM

    This is all you need to know about Bobby Petrino the Jerk……

    75 – 26 on the College Level. 2 Conference Champions (USA and Big East), 4 – 3 in Bowl Games, 3 teams that finished in the top 10 AP final rankings, and most importantly has a history of turning programs around.

    Love him, hate him, could careless about him…..some University is not going to be able to resist getting a top flight coach on the cheap to restore glory to their program. Petrino will be back and all you ACC coaches who are on the bubble better watch out because your deep pocket boosters and schools are putting you on notice that plan B is out there. FEAR BOBBY P…..He is the 700 hundred pound lying, womanizing, and winning gorilla in the room who is coming for your job!

  29. papabush88 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:24 PM

    Bobby Petrino: the real Honey Badger.

  30. TxGrown says: Apr 10, 2012 9:25 PM

    “wilburmills says:”
    Great moniker for this subject. Wilbur was a character alright.

  31. bralinshan says: Apr 10, 2012 9:26 PM

    I’m an Alabama fan that figured that in the win at all costs SEC, that Petrino would be retained. Typically, winning games trumps lying, womanizing, cheating, and all other personal indiscretion…

    I have a tremendous respect for Arkansas taking this step. It was certainly not easy and it required a lot of courage.

    I wish them well going forward and hope that they find a great football coach that better reflects their university values. Good luck to the Hog Nation.

  32. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 10, 2012 9:29 PM

    Long could not allow Petrino to remain with the scandal that would keep on giving. The scandal to Long is that Petrino lied to him and brought the University of Arkansas into a very negative light. Long and UA opted for the high road and did what they had to do. The result may well be a loss of position in the SEC West. Petrino was a very good college football coach, but of terrible character and lack of wisdom. His affair was a private matter, until he made it public. He was his own undoing.

    I wish UA players, staff, and fans the very best. They always are great competition and great fans. Things will be very hard for them after this, and likely the team will not be what it would have been before this fiasco by Petrino. This definitely changes the SEC West. But far more important than that is the horror for his wife and children. Few wives will tolerate such a public display and scandal.

  33. pdcooper08 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:29 PM

    I applaud the move made by the AD, that was the only call to make.

    I guarantee Bobby will sit out this year from coaching, get hired by espn to do some pre-game college football show and then come late November, we will start to hear his name pop up for upcoming openings.

    There’s some poor AD out there that will sell his soul to the devil to have Bobby come in and run his program. I’m sure of it.

  34. TxGrown says: Apr 10, 2012 9:30 PM

    “FEAR BOBBY P…..He is the 700 hundred pound lying, womanizing, and winning gorilla in the room who is coming for your job!”
    ACC don’t think so…Big Sky Conference maybe.

  35. myownair says: Apr 10, 2012 9:32 PM

    Bottom line (no pun intended), he hired his mistress with no regard as to whether she was the best candidate out of 160 applicants. Arkansas is a public university and if any other government employee were to do the same, he/she would be fired on the spot as well. What Petrino earned last week while on “paid leave” exceeds my yearly salary as a teacher.

  36. vanmorrissey says: Apr 10, 2012 9:38 PM

    Webster’s, ‘just cause’=picture of Petrino. If there ever was a valid reason for a just cause dismissal it’s Petrino’s. Which I hope means he gets NOTHING for the remainder of his contract, but I would think attorney’s will get a hold of and they’ll make a settlement for like $4-5 million, plus he should not get a head coaching job again. But he will.

  37. missouriman4ever says: Apr 10, 2012 9:41 PM

    where’s mrslay1?

    You all know who I’m talking about. The big UA fan that talks shit a lot on everyone not associated with UA or his favorite NFL team.

    Guess he’s at home crying about the “loss” of a great coach.

  38. pdcooper08 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    Love it missouiman4ever, and where is ole mike slay, he has been silent for about 6 days now. Maybe he has a job that takes him away from his pc for long periods. He has been silent, I love it.

    And I doubt Bobby P would ever stoop to take a job in the Big Sky Conf. again. He’s been there and done that. He will shot for a big time program again and he will land it. Those coaches on the bubble better beware.

  39. Deb says: Apr 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    Much respect to Long for taking time to conduct a thorough investigation and making a wise, but controversial (for fans) decision. This was about more than his personal life–it was about hiring her into a key position for the team. In the current environment, if anything involving recruits falls through the cracks, it has the potential to cause huge headaches for your football team.

    I hope Arkansas has tremendous good luck in the search for Petrino’s successor and wish them all the best in the upcoming season.

  40. vader7176 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    Real smart,fire the guy in the neckbrace. Somebody is getting sued


    cerealblogger. Apparently you saw the brace(oldest lawsuit trick in the book) and missed the Sugar Bowl hat Bobby wore at the press conference. Talk about subliminal messages.

  41. charger383 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:51 PM

    Temporary coach of Saints? (Just Kidding)

  42. Bretterson says: Apr 10, 2012 9:51 PM

    Did jckid21 seriously just compare Mike Leach to Bobby Petrino? I don’t even have to explain how completely idiotic and uninformed that is, do I?

  43. ninerfan94954 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:53 PM

    Those of you predicting he will be hired as a D-1 coach again are, unfortunately, 100% correct…a simple mis-communication with the administration will explain this little episode.

  44. drummerhoff says: Apr 10, 2012 9:57 PM

    So is Gus Malzahn one-and-done at Arkansas State?

  45. stoutfiles says: Apr 10, 2012 9:58 PM

    I have a lot of respect for Arkansas for firing him. There are more important things than winning football games.

  46. drewsylvania says: Apr 10, 2012 9:58 PM

    I wonder how it feels to have the shoe on the other foot.

  47. dkhhuey says: Apr 10, 2012 10:03 PM

    When will these guys learn that no matter how smart and sly you think you are – you are going to get caught IDIOTS!!! I hope she was worth your family and your career because that is what it cost you!

  48. dcroz says: Apr 10, 2012 10:08 PM

    You hate to have anything like this to happen, but Arkansas made the right decision; really, the ONLY decision it could make. If this were just an affair with an employee, he might could have survived it, but hiring your mistress to a highly-competitive position and (most of all) lying about the nature of your relationship to your bosses is simply inexcusable.

    Ask Martha Stewart about what lying gets you; even though she was cleared of all charges regarding insider trading, she still went to the clink when she lied to federal investigators. Most of the time, lying is even worse than the transgression itself.

    As for where Arkansas goes from here, it will be interesting the next several days to see how the coaching search develops. I know I’ve seen a lot of support for getting Gus Malzahn on here, but considering he hasn’t even coached a game at Arkansas State yet, could he even leave for Fayetteville right now (and if he did, would that make him about as trustworthy as Petrino)? Arkansas has a ton of talent, so might that attract a coach without a job right now to come take the position (like Butch Davis or Phil Fulmer)? Could they snag a quality coordinator deserving of a shot at head coach (like Alabama DC Kirby Smart)? Or, do they just keep the “interim” tag on the current guy and take their time conducting a search? Watch this space….

  49. coolhorn says: Apr 10, 2012 10:10 PM

    I’ve gotta admit I’m one of those who thought Long didn’t have the cojones to can Petrino. Color me impressed that he manned up and did the right thing for the university, even if it took a little longer than I think it should have.

    I’m not impressed if what’s being said is true, that Petrino could have hung on to his job if he was willing to accept “penalties”. Petrino put himself in this position with his lack of ethics, honesty, and morals, and what happened to him SHOULD have happened, with no “penalties” lifeline being offered.

    It will be interesting to see which school gives in next year or so, ignores his past, and hires Petrino. It’s bound to happen. His one talent, besides attracting blonde 25 year olds, is winning football games.

  50. frug says: Apr 10, 2012 10:14 PM

    Once it came out that Petrino had given a job to his girlfriend, Long didn’t really have any choice. Only surprising thing about this decision is that some people are actually surprised by it.

  51. klownboy says: Apr 10, 2012 10:18 PM

    Man, I really had this one wrong. Way to prove me wrong SEC school!

  52. jckid21 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:18 PM


    I wasn’t comparing Petrino to Leach. I was just demonstrating that regardless of scandal, personal weakness, or flat out lying if a coach has a winning track record they will be hired again and again.

    That is not uniformed….that is a Fact!

    You are dismissed feel free to go home after your schooling.

  53. papabush88 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:30 PM

    Anyone rose excited for the Kentucky Derby on May 5???

    The fastest two minutes in sports….I think that’s what Jessica Dorrell calls Bobby P.

  54. larrybrown43 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:38 PM

    The pursuit of true love and happiness damns many. Money and power can only rent it. To capture this intangible, no line is an obstacle because no sunset is worth seeing alone. At times we make fools of ourselves because to be in true, reciprocated love is intoxicating. To not have it is debilitating.

  55. coolhorn says: Apr 10, 2012 10:41 PM

    I will give Petrino props for his statement this evening after getting his pink slip. He was properly contrite, and placed the blame squarely on himself. He also recognized the damage he alone did to his marriage and his family. He has been evasive, and not truthful for most of the last two weeks, but I will give Petrino credit for speaking what was on his mind, meaning it, and telling the truth in his statement. It’s at least a start in the right direction. It surprises me that he had it in him.

  56. choochoorider says: Apr 10, 2012 10:48 PM

    Timh1955. You are a dumbass!!

  57. Bretterson says: Apr 10, 2012 10:59 PM

    jckid21, you certainly did compare the two. Don’t try to backtrack now.

    Your schooling can start with looking up the fabricated claims against Leach. It’s beating a dead horse to go over this with anyone but you apparently, but Adam James admitted in court that Leach did nothing wrong. The only “personal weakness and flat out lying” in that case was on the part of Craig James.

    Not knowing that, does in fact, make you uninformed. Thanks for playing.

  58. frank booth says: Apr 10, 2012 11:03 PM

    coolhorn says:
    Apr 10, 2012 10:41 PM
    I will give Petrino props for his statement this evening after getting his pink slip. He was properly contrite, and placed the blame squarely on himself. He also recognized the damage he alone did to his marriage and his family. He has been evasive, and not truthful for most of the last two weeks, but I will give Petrino credit for speaking what was on his mind, meaning it, and telling the truth in his statement. It’s at least a start in the right direction. It surprises me that he had it in him.
    I commend Bobby Petrino’s attorneys (or PR people) on putting together the only statement that they could in positioning Petrino for his next job. He didn’t have this statement in him; his attorneys did.

  59. jckid21 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:24 PM

    Bretterson…..if you noticed I used the word “allegedly” when describing Leach’s situation. So not only do you lack basic reading and comprhension skills but it appears that you have an undiagnosed learning disability that needs immediate attention.

    So once again you are the uninformed learning disabled fool of this comment thread. My domination of you is so Jordan like I am going to start referring to you as my ” Knicks Bitch”.

    Sweet dreams….Now go away and find subject matter that you actually have a grasp of like……..knitting, pet fashion, or 50 ways satisfy one self with a lint brush handle.

  60. Deb says: Apr 10, 2012 11:26 PM

    @dkhhuey …

    Well, it’s cost him his job. Whether it costs him his family remains to be seen. That’s not a given.

  61. lrg51 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:32 PM

    Petrino had little choice but to reveal some of the truth. He got caught in his own lies and deception.

    Any decent college or university will avoid him like the plague. I see a pro stint in his future…

  62. thefiesty1 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:35 PM

    $20,000? That was an expensive lay. I don’t think it was worth it. Woo Pig Sooooie!

  63. Bretterson says: Apr 10, 2012 11:41 PM


    The allegations were proven false, so bringing Leach into this discussion at all conclusively proves you to be a moron. Attempting to defend your idiocy with a technicality (which, again, is irrelevant) furthers that plainly obvious point.

    You have no argument whatsoever, so kindly shut the fuck up and go away.

  64. nflfan877 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:41 PM


    i’ll bet you thought OJ was innocent, didn’t you?

    Comparing Leach — an odd, yet classy guy — to Petrino — who has left every place he’s been with zero class — is totally, completely, utterly ignorant of the facts, and insulting to any casual football fan.

    Anyhoo, I have nothing to say but this… and no better man has said it better than this, so take it to heart, and enjoy.

  65. tiger7575 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:49 PM

    So was the 20 Large a wedding gift for sweet Jess and her Beau? How nice! So let’s see here, a hummer from an engaged former volleyball player only cost, a broken neck, a Harley, a multiyear-multimillion dollar contract, a wife AND 20 Gs. Next time go with the simple $250 escort and call it a night Bobby boy.

  66. deadeye says: Apr 10, 2012 11:58 PM

    I’ve never been the kind of person to say I told you so, and I’m not going to start doing that now. But the simple fact is that given what we knew about the “inappropriate relationship”, and the false information supplied to the University, it was a no-brainer that Petrino was going to get canned.

    I think it took so long only because Jeff Long was looking for some way he could keep Petrino. But as the facts came to light, especially the hiring process for Dorrell’s position, it became obvious that Petrino simply had to go. This damage could not be repaired.

  67. frug says: Apr 10, 2012 11:58 PM

    I should add that Ms. Long deserves to be punished as well. While she didn’t commit a blatant abuse of power or intentionally mislead the university (as far as we know) she still took a job from a guy with whom she was in a secret romantic relationship.

  68. jckid21 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:59 PM


    How did Leach’s lawsuit work out in Texas’s court……

    And don’t even try and go the Supreme Court route here, because they wil laugh at the ole pirate and tell him to stick his sword where the sun don’t shine.

    Leach was no angel at Tech. At one point he was assessed the highest fine ever imposed on a Big 12 coach for questioning officials.

    I am not saying he was a womanizer like Petrino, but he had a past and he was rehired because he was a winning coach. Like Petrino he had baggage. If that baggage wasn’t there why did it take him 2 years to land a job?

  69. Bretterson says: Apr 11, 2012 12:13 AM

    Here goes jckid21 again with the completely idiotic comparisons: this time it’s adultery/improper hiring practices/lying/cover up vs. questioning officials. Jesus, give it a rest!

    The lawsuit failed because of an archaic clause that gives the state of Texas sovereign immunity, not because Leach was wrong. As the other guy, and Mike Gundy, said…get your facts straight!

  70. skishred12 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:27 AM

    Kudos to U of A and Jeff Long for doing the right thing. I’ll definitely be rooting for them next year.

    Just when you think you’ve seen it all….

  71. ldnola says: Apr 11, 2012 1:07 AM

    Arkansas is one messed up place.

    I attended church there and it took me a couple of months before I realized the entire congregation thought I was gay because I didn’t shake hands hard enough. It was the biggest shock of my life. I had to gently explain to them that there had been serious nerve damage done to the hand shortly before I decode to attend their Southern Baptist church (in order to get to know some of the locals). To this day I swear the explanation was wasted on them.

    That’s just for starters, but what I logged onto to say is that was one of the best damned apologies I ever read from a public figure for what now is a routine occurrence among self-proclaimed Christian conservatives (though often the other person is the same sex).

    Ya’ll need to see some good in other people sometimes. This maddening judgmental state of mind that dominates your state is the very antithesis of genuine, loving, and long-suffering judge-not-lest-ye-be-judged Christianity. It has no part in the Sermon on the Mount, which is the essence of Jesus’ teachings.


    Huh? Man I really want to know the answer to that question and a lot of others, such as if God knows a large portion of the population is going to hell, then why do you continually try to force those very same people to live exactly like you do? There goin to hell ain’t they? Ain’t that bad enough? You gotta torture them while there here, too?

    Ya’ll just need to get on with your lives and stop judging others. What in the hell is wrong with your state?

    Better yet. Close all of your churches and focus on being decent people instead.

  72. ldnola says: Apr 11, 2012 1:22 AM

    And, oh, I forgot to mention, do you know that same University of Arkansas just released a study that equates conservative thinking with stupidity and laziness? No kidding!

    I’m not saying that to be mean. I’m saying that because you probably don’t know anything about the Murdoch’s scandal in England, where basically he’s been electronically bugging the entire country (including the equivalent of their President and VP) and using the resulting power to intimidate and control the people in that country through his media outlets.

    He’s from there you know. He’s been doing all this really evil shit in the U.K. for years before HE BOUGHT FOX AND STARTED DOING THE SAME HERE.

    For God’s sake (if not for your country), would ya’ll PLEASE WAKE UP. Research your own history. All this “I’m conservative” stuff didn’t even exist a few decades back. Back then people thought the whole concept of “conservative” was backwards. Now it’s all that matters. It’s all propaganda.


  73. blueintown says: Apr 11, 2012 3:09 AM

    Jesus, Idnola. What the hell is wrong with you?

  74. calebo94 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:03 AM

    I thought we were talking about Joe Paterno… badd!!!

  75. starderup says: Apr 11, 2012 7:02 AM

    All college football bores me to tears, but this stuff is great. It is nice to see a scumbag like petrino get his just desserts!

  76. chmba says: Apr 11, 2012 7:48 AM

    Long knew as everyone else did when he hired Petrino that he was a dirtball. Long’s press conference was one of the more pathetic displays in sports in a long (no pun intended) time. Arkansas should get rid of Long along with Petrino. He is a fool and a buffoon.

  77. florida727 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:18 AM

    cereal blogger says:
    Apr 10, 2012 9:07 PM
    Real smart, fire the guy in the neckbrace. Somebody is getting sued


    You don’t know much about contract law, do you?

  78. scd7 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:36 AM

    Quote from Partino’s press conference:
    “I wish that I had been given the opportunity to meet with the players and staff prior to this evening’s press conference and hope that I will be given the opportunity to give my apologies and say my goodbyes in person.”

    Don’t you mean you wish you’d have a chance to get into the locker room in the middle of the night & leave a note in each players locker, you coward? Worked so well for you in Atlanta…

    Glad to see the UA do what made sense and get rid of the bum. Booby (no, that’s not a typo) doesn’t deserve to be coaching & leading anyone. Unfortunately I’m sure some team out there will hire him again. Just hopefully NOT as a head coach.

  79. omniusprime says: Apr 11, 2012 8:52 AM

    Bobby is old enough to know it’s not the crime it’s the coverup that gets you in trouble. He deserves to be fired for lying to his boss just to coverup his cheating ways. Bobby made his own bed, now he has to sleep in it, he’d better hope his wife will join him instead of taking him for a wild ride in divorce court.

  80. gmen1987 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:45 AM

    Petrino to the Jets as offensive coordinator. Could you imagine the kind of adventures Rex and Michelle Ryan, Bobby Patrino and Jessica could have? Tebow, your virginity is going to be tested.

  81. woopigsooieinmo says: Apr 11, 2012 10:05 AM

    As a rabid Arkansas fan I am so relieved that Petrino has been fired. I’m so sick of coaches and players being held to higher standards than everyone else. There are certain moral standards that need to be upheld when leading children and young adults. It’s about time that someone was punished for adultery (I know this technically isn’t the case) and held accountable for their actions. Marriage is a commitment and if you can’t uphold your end of that kind of a commitment to your wife and kids that trust and love you then what kind of person does that make you? Certainly not someone I want setting an example for my kids. That being said, I sure do hope this season isn’t blown for us. We’ve got a good team and these boys have worked so hard and I hate to see it go down the tubes 😦

  82. mogogo1 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:10 AM

    The irony is that had Petrino issued his post-firing statement the day after the accident, he just might still be employed. (I’d say “definitely” except the $20,000 he gave Dorrell was a bombshell that would have been hard to overcome. He really thought he could get away with anything, didn’t he?)

    Looking over Petrino’s history, he’s a jerk on every level. Not loyal to his players, not loyal to his bosses, not loyal to his wife and kids, screws the fiance of another coach…. They’re far better off without him.

  83. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 11, 2012 10:18 AM

    I hear they offered Jessica Dorrell a First Class ticket out of Fayetteville, but she’d rather ride Coach…

  84. bailey2626 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:27 AM

    He was fired “with cause” so he does not get any money ($18M buyout) from the university, thankfully. I hate when these scumbags get fired and then get buyout money.

  85. weneedabiggerboat says: Apr 11, 2012 10:48 AM

    As an old man once said, “If it flys, f _ _ ks or floats, rent it. Never buy it.

  86. mountaineer50415 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:00 AM

    This man seems to have no ability to say no. It does appear, however, that she sexually harassed him. Wasn’t difficult to get him into a situation that led to her advantage. Then she got a job and $20,000 out of him.
    I will admit he is not a good person to keep as UAes coach. Yet I can not understand why she has not been fired also.
    It is time to interview the rest of the applications. I know I would not want to hire her and I can’t understand why anyone else would. If she did it once she will do it again. He is not the only roach in the parler. She is a two headed one. Surely they are not planning to keep her after all she has done.

  87. jpaq68 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    “I love football. I love coaching.”

    He left out the part where he loves that sweet intern @ss.

    Hope it was worth it.

  88. sports_dude says: Apr 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    Well Hog fans, we were warned by the Falcons fans who I held a deep grudge against due to their constant belittling of Petrino, but now we get it. This team is full of veteran leadership and will prosper under whoever the coach is next season. It’s after next season that I’m worried about.

  89. gavriloprincip33 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Billy Barty was high on power and now he is in the unemployment line…

    Justice, sweet justice…

  90. papabush88 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:52 PM


    Intern?!?!?! I’ve never known an intern to receive $20,000 in cash and a free motorcycle ride. We call those, prostitutes.

  91. ningenito78 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:18 PM

    Missouriman4ever- Mrslay is just finishing crying in his Cheerios and preparing another comment on how the Saints organization should be punished into the stone age for the ‘Bountygate’ crap.

  92. Deb says: Apr 11, 2012 1:41 PM

    @Idnola …

    So the “entire” congregation thought you were gay because of your hand-shaking style? And you had to “gently” explain your nerve damage to the simple-minded dolts? Oh and surely no simple-minded Southern Christians have heard of Murdoch’s British phone-hacking scandals. Learning about the world might require them to get off their couches.

    Gee thanks, Idnola, for telling everyone else to stop judging and stereotyping :roll:

  93. TxGrown says: Apr 11, 2012 1:56 PM

    Get a hold of yourself…at least with the good hand.

  94. corvusrex96 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:20 PM

    Besides Petrino I wonder if Ms. Dorrell now thinks this situation that she got herself into was worth it?

    Loss of her fiance’ (cross off the June 9th wedding date)

    Likely loss of a job she knew she had an unfair and unethical advantage in obtaining.

    Unwanted national attention, her face on USA Today, Yahoo Sports, ESPN, etc…

    The wrath of her alma mater.

  95. pdcooper08 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:21 PM

    I think it’s time to promote the other Petrino to intern HC for this coming year. Why not, he has been as much a victim as anyone here. He was on all those staffs with his big brother when he bailed on them.

    How about being Paul and being on that Falcon staff, waking up one morning and watching big brothers new conference at the U of A. How did he feel getting left behind there. Has anyone ever heard this guy complain? He must have been harassed big time while he finished out that year.

    He just returned this January after being gone for 4 years only to have this happen to him again. This guy knows the system and can run an offense. He is opposite to his brother, maybe the reason he has yet to land a head coaching job. Won’t lie or step on others to get what he wants. Paul knows offense and can compete and I think he is a good person. Just a thought.

    Does anyone else look at the thumbs up/down on each post? Maybe it’s just me, but there are several that have just 1 thumbs down, when the majority of readers giving thumbs up. Be willing to bet ole mikey slay is behind that one.

  96. woopigsooieinmo says: Apr 11, 2012 3:49 PM

    to corvusrex96: I wonder how it feels to have the burden of bringing down one of the greatest football programs (imho) in the country down in a year when they could have very well been a threat to the national championship throne? The boys have so been robbed. I hope she is punished as well as Petrino. Even if she isn’t fired that is going to make for one uncomfortable workplace; being the only woman on staff and the one to cause such grief. I am thinking a exile to the Bermuda Triangle may be in order for her. I’m sure if it wasn’t her it would have been someone else though. Scumbags like Paterno aren’t very discerning.

  97. mgm36 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:32 PM

    ms. dorrell can also count on a visit from the IRS with the $20,000 she received from the former head football coach. you don’t get $20K without reporting it to the IRS. If she doesn’t report it, she will have received it in both ends!

  98. cometkazie says: Apr 11, 2012 7:13 PM

    When you don’t beat LSU you get angry.
    When you get angry you buy a Harley.
    When you buy a Harley you meet a 25 year old female former college volleyball player.
    When you meet a 25 year old female former college volleyball player you invite her to ride your Harley.
    When the 25 year old female former college volleyball player rides your Harley you end up in a roadside ditch.
    Don’t end up in a roadside ditch.
    Beat LSU.

  99. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 11, 2012 8:38 PM

    cometkazie: Bravo! I will try to email it to southernpatriots at the hospital they bring patients to in WVA. I don’t think I will reach them through their normal email since they are now in WVA…but that is great! Thumbs up!!!

  100. cometkazie says: Apr 11, 2012 8:49 PM

    Give them my regards, too. We are just west of the Appalachians here in Danville.

    Was in a RadioShack with my LSU Track and Field Officials Association jacket on. The only other customer had a Florida sweatshirt. We talked football – of course!

  101. baddorange says: Apr 12, 2012 7:16 PM

    Must be something in the water. Cigar Billy Clinton, also was caught dipping his pen in company ink

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