For those wondering what the future would hold for the other half of the Petrino-Dorrell affair, the immediate question has been answered.
Per the Associated Press, Arkansas football employee Jessica Dorrell has been placed on paid administrative leave. University spokesperson Steve Voorhies confirmed Dorrell’s leave Friday morning, but provided no further details as the situation is considered a personal matter.
Bobby Petrino was placed on paid administrative leave by athletic director Jeff Long last week when it was discovered Petrino had not been forthcoming about Dorrell’s presence during a motorcycle accident on April 1. Petrino was fired by Long earlier this week.
In his press conference, Long stated Petrino had an inappropriate relationship with Dorrell which the coach did not disclose to UA. Additionally, Petrino gave Dorrell “an unfair and undisclosed advantage for a position on… [the] football staff” that constituted “a conflict of interest”, as well as $20,000 to purchase a black Acura.
Dorrell was making just over $55,000 as the student-athlete development coordinator, a position she accepted in late March. Documents obtained by 40/29 TV in Arkansas show that Dorrell was hired over other candidates because of “experience.”
(Yes, we know. Insert your inappropriate jokes here)
Phone records showing excessive contact between Dorrell and Petrino go back to last September.
Dorrell’s profile is still listed on Arkansas’ athletic department website.