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Petrino accepts responsibility, won’t appeal firing

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Three days after Bobby Petrino was summarily dismissed by Arkansas, it appears the now-former Razorbacks head coach won’t attempt to drag the university through any additional public mud.

Both the Arkansas Democrat Gazette ($) and ESPN.com’s Joe Schad are reporting that Petrino has decided he will not challenge or appeal his termination with cause.  Under the terms of Petrino’s contract, the coach was permitted to ask for a review of the termination.

For once in this whole sordid soap opera, however, Petrino decided to do the admirable thing and simply walk away from that option.

Because he was fired with cause — conflict of interest, concealing an inappropriate relationship with a female UA staff member — Petrino’s contract calls for the $18 million buyout built in to the deal to be negated.  If Petrino had been fired without cause, he would have been eligible for the entire eight-figure sum.

As far as a replacement for Petrino goes, and despite the names of multiple potential candidates being tossed around, athletic director Jeff Long tweeted Thursday night that no decision has been made on either a specific person or even which particular tack — interim head coach or permanent one — the athletic program will take.

“At this time I have not spoken to anyone about the Head Coaching position,” Long wrote. “No decision on Interim Coach, Know current assts well, no need for folks to lobby, have watched for myself. All scenarios still on table.”

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17 Responses to “Petrino accepts responsibility, won’t appeal firing”
  1. woebegong says: Apr 13, 2012 10:15 AM

    A fired “Without Cause” contract stipulation. Why would a coach get fired without cause in the first place? They had so many stipulations that you would think that there was no way, he could not be fired without showing due cause. Guess I should have skipped one of those physics classes and taken a course in contract law, LOL.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 13, 2012 10:23 AM

    Glad Petrino accepts the truth and fact, that he is his own worse enemy. Petrino has met the enemy and he is him(to paraphrase Pogo).

    woebegong: Great point. I don’t quite know how that would work either!

  3. tubaplayingprof says: Apr 13, 2012 10:33 AM

    Until the lawyers on here explain, I’ll offer what I think it means: without cause usually indicates that if an employer fires an employee “without cause” (that is, a clear reason for immediate dismissal,) the employer must or should give the employee notice–two weeks, etc. Now is with cause; at the end of the season yet before the bowl game is without cause. Big money contracts apparently are complicated! :) My guess: when employer wants someone to go today he or she finds “cause.”

  4. bamabob says: Apr 13, 2012 10:34 AM

    I doubt Petrino has had a sudden attack of consciousness given his lengthy track record. My guess is he would’ve had to completely spill his guts on what exactly happened and what else hasn’t been discovered yet and wasn’t in any mood to do so.

  5. halbert53 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:42 AM

    Not to mention the second bimbo phone records indicate he had been texting big-time.

  6. ancientcougar says: Apr 13, 2012 10:43 AM

    I’ll bet dollars to donuts, he still got 7 figures somewhere to leave without protest.

  7. mogogo1 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    tubaplayingprof says:

    Until the lawyers on here explain, I’ll offer what I think it means: without cause usually indicates that if an employer fires an employee “without cause” (that is, a clear reason for immediate dismissal,) the employer must or should give the employee notice–two weeks, etc.
    _____________________

    It doesn’t take a lawyer, just somebody who has had their eyes open in this economy. Nobody gets two weeks notice of a layoff or firing. You’re out the door that very day. And most states are “at will” work states, meaning you don’t have to give cause when you let somebody go.

    But normal employees aren’t at all like Bobby Petrino who’s on a multi-million dollar long-term contract. “Cause” as defined by the contract is what allowed them to dump him without paying him the buyout of $18 million. If the team was losing or they just decided they wanted somebody new in the job, they’d have had to pay him to go away. Not the case when he violates a ton of university policies and hires his mistress.

  8. blueinok says: Apr 13, 2012 11:02 AM

    $18 million – got to be one of the most expensive
    lay’s in history. Numb nut!

  9. florida727 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:09 AM

    “mogogo” is exactly right. Winning or losing football games is not considered “cause”. Violating an ethics clause is considered “cause”. If Arkansas were 5-21 the past two seasons instead of 21-5, and Long realized Petrino wasn’t the “coach” he thought he was, and the university decided it wanted to go in a different direction, then yeah, $18M is the price they’d have to pay to get rid of Petrino on their terms.

    Petrino made the $18M moot by violating a contract clause. I am surprised by the $18M amount though, considering the contract “only” called for $3.5M per year. Petrino must have a good attorney drafting his employment agreements.

  10. deadeye says: Apr 13, 2012 11:16 AM

    Petrino has not magically stopped looking out for #1. He still is the same selfish person he was two weeks ago.

    What this news really means is that Jeff Long has discovered more dirt on Petrino. If BP sues to get the 18 million, this other information will be used against him, he doesn’t get the money, and the whole world then realizes that he actually worse than what we already know.

    By not pursuing the 18 million, the other information remains under wraps and BP’s chances of finding employment are higher.

  11. CJ says: Apr 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    A couple things here:

    First, as stated by other posters above, being lousy at your job isn’t considered just cause.

    Second, how you could legitmately appeal a firing and succeed, I’ll never know. At best, they’ll say, yeah, you’re right and then find another reason to fire you in a week or so when more stuff hits the fan.

  12. hoggeek says: Apr 13, 2012 12:09 PM

    For those that don’t know, the 18m buyout was mutual. If he wanted to quit without cause, he’d have owed us the same amount. It wasn’t his brilliant attorneys, it was ours.

  13. jumbossportsblog says: Apr 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  14. woopigsooieinmo says: Apr 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    hoggeek: a little insurance on our part after what he did to Atlanta I am assuming. I think it must be built into DNA that to be a good college/pro coach that you have to be a dbag to boot. There are exceptions of course. Let’s hope this doesn’t blow our season.

  15. raiderredleg says: Apr 13, 2012 5:54 PM

    Winning over comes all (well almost all) transgressions.

    Even Petrino is smart enough to know that the smart play right now is to crawl off quietly, lick his wounds (or have someone lick them for him…hint, hint), take the 2012 season off to figure out if his family still wants him or not and wait for the phone calls to come in after the end of the 2012 college regular season.

    The guy is a consistant winner in CFB and college football is BIG TIME money makers for universities.

    Someone will look at what he did in a couple of seasons in Arkansas and say, “everyone deserves another chance”, have him sign a VERY carefully prepared contract and have him hit the ground running.

    My bet is that he will be introduced as the Head Coach of Maryland after Randy Edsell has another pedestrian season. Lots of money backing the program and far enough from the SEC that he can get a re-do.

    Colorado or Texas Tech would be a nice landing spot for him too. Somewhere out of the mainstream where he can be “King” like he was in Fayetteville.

  16. lrg51 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:03 PM

    Wonder if Bobby and Jessica will be getting together anytime soon? She’s pretty much done at UA and with fiancee… and Bobby’s screwed up his family life enough to have some serious problems at home. Just curious to see how this all turns out…

  17. polegojim says: Apr 13, 2012 9:30 PM

    Ditto – easy to accept when you can’t deny.

    No integrity booster there.

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