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Document release sheds further light on Petrino scandal

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Another day, so, as expected, another detail or two has surfaced in the soap opera that marked the end of Bobby Petrino‘s tenure at Arkansas.

Documents released Thursday, including 25 pages of handwritten notes athletic director Jeff Long kept of conversations with Petrino during the midst of the scandal, reveal that, at least according to the coach, Petrino’s sexual relationship with former football Jessica Dorrell began sometime in October but ended at some point in early February.

The affair, again according to Petrino ended more than a month before Dorrell was hired by UA, with the two deciding that they should just be friends.  The released documents included flight manifests, however, which showed Dorrell accompanied Petrino on several trips in the two months after the sexual part of the relationship had ended.

Long himself had doubts that his now-former coach was being completely forthright about the status of the relationship, asking in the notes “[w]hy would she say she expected the relationship to continue if the motorcrash didn’t occur?”  Dorrell’s hiring became official just a few days before the motorcycle crash that triggered Petrino’s downward slide toward a dismissal.

Petrino was fired earlier this month by the university, in part for his failure to disclose a conflict of interest during Dorrell’s hiring process as well as concealing a $20,000 payment to the woman.  The university concluded that Petrino gave Dorrell an “unfair and undisclosed” advantage when she applied for and received her job as the student-athlete development coordinator for football.  Dorrell was chosen for the position over more than 100 applicants.

Long noted that Petrino “never thought the gift was a problem or the relationship.”

Petrino was officially dismissed by the university with cause on April 10, meaning he was not entitled to any type of buyout written into his contract.  Dorrell “resigned” April 17 and received a settlement of nearly $14,000.

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23 Responses to “Document release sheds further light on Petrino scandal”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Apr 20, 2012 12:41 AM

    Sounds like Bobby P was lying to the end. Relationship ended in Feb, but still going on trips and motorcycle rides with no bed rocking going on? Yeah right. Men who are not married (hence have no reason to be discreet) would not keep doing stiff like that if they weren’t getting some nookie-much less a married men who needed to be careful.

  2. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Apr 20, 2012 12:44 AM

    Bobby Petrino lied!?

  3. bobulated says: Apr 20, 2012 1:10 AM

    Bobby Petrino is one of the biggest sacks of excrement to ever walk the sideline; it’s remarkable that karma actually worked in this instance.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 20, 2012 3:13 AM

    Not only is the whole incident a very sad commentary on Petrino, but soon (within months) he will receive offers to coach somewhere else. That would go farther to prove the assertions of many that it is only his coaching ability and not his character (or inadequacies there) which are considered by athletic directors and others who hire coaches.

  5. henryd3rd says: Apr 20, 2012 3:21 AM

    When I was a youngster growing up my Uncle Punch would always regale with “corny stories” regarding the do’s and dont’s of sexual behavior. His best story was the one about the little dog crossing the railroad tracks.

    There was this little dog that was crossing the railroad tracks. Just as he crossed the tracks a train came by and sniped off his tail. He turned to see what happened when caboose ran over his head. Moral of the story. Never loose your head over a piece of tail.

    Uncle Punch was a very wise man. Too bad Bobby didn’t have an Uncle Punch

  6. jimbo75025 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:47 AM

    alligatorsnapper says:
    Apr 20, 2012 3:13 AM
    but soon (within months) he will receive offers to coach somewhere else. That would go farther to prove the assertions of many that it is only his coaching ability and not his character (or inadequacies there) which are considered by athletic directors and others who hire coaches

    _______

    I would not bet on him getting a gig at a major school in the next little while. NFL-forget it, those bridges were burned already. Bobby P is simply going to be radioactive for a while. Coordinator or consultant maybe for a coach/AD who is very, very secure. Possibly coach at Upper Palookaville State College. Maybe in 2-3 years some desperate AD takes a chance on him for a heckuva lot less than the 3.5 million/yr Arkansas was paying him.

    If he would have fessed up quickly after it happened, he would have been mocked by opposing fans for a season or two but people would have moved on. Always the cover up that screws youn worse than the original deed.

  7. lucky5934 says: Apr 20, 2012 6:17 AM

    Not like we needed yet another reason to question Petrino’s integrity, as his stops with Auburn and the Atlanta Falcons display a pattern of douchebaggery. But the one sentence in this article that stands out above all else is when Long noted that Petrino “never thought the gift was a problem or the relationship.” For a guy to not see a problem with cheating on his wife speaks volumes about his lack of character. I will instantly lose all respect for any football program (on ANY level) that hires him. This guy is damaged all the way to the core.

  8. gatiger says: Apr 20, 2012 6:33 AM

    Petrino’s a low life. We’ve well established it. The thing I don’t understand is how she was able to interview to begin with. In an earlier article, Long and others in the Arkansas Administration had to push through special paperwork.

    I believe it said they violated their own waiting period, interviewing her early, even though they questioned her lack of prerequisites for the job. Seems like the administration did a bit of enabling for Mr. Petrino and now that it has blown up in the media are acting a bit self righteous.

    If they had done their job properly, she would never have been eligible to interview. Petrino’s still a scum bag, would have eventually messed up elsewhere, and yes, unfortunately, will wind up at some other school in need of some wins regardless of how they come.

  9. bangitfootball says: Apr 20, 2012 7:02 AM

    Jeff Long seems like a smart guy.

    Hard to believe he didnt know he was making a pact with the devil.

  10. florida727 says: Apr 20, 2012 7:08 AM

    He’ll be an ESPN analyst before the season starts.

  11. jesse1834 says: Apr 20, 2012 7:27 AM

    I still don’t understand giving her a 14k settlement. I think the students, alumni and supporters are owned an explanation of that mishap.

  12. fitz66 says: Apr 20, 2012 7:57 AM

    “Petrino’s sexual relationship with former football Jessica Dorrell began sometime in October but ended at some point in early February.”
    _______

    Looks pretty good for a former football.

  13. sports_dude says: Apr 20, 2012 8:16 AM

    I wonder if he feels any true remorse now? Doubtful, sounds like Bobby is one arrogant dude. Thought he was bigger than the program, not so fast!

  14. yyyass says: Apr 20, 2012 9:07 AM

    Jessie – the $14K is the university’s way of paying her off not to try some conflagrated sexual harrassment suit against the university. Apparently the timeline says the sexual relationship was supposed to be over, but she could charge he was continuing to pressure her for sex after she was employed by him and the university. I still can’t imagine what possessed her – besides naked (literally) greed, to cheat on her finace’ and lie down for Petrino on a regular basis. Disgusting. But then I had a gorgeous, smart employee who slept around and and performed pretty tacky displays of horniness with scumbags in bars and at business functions because she got off on freaking everybody out and acting trashy.

  15. lucky5934 says: Apr 20, 2012 10:30 AM

    I still feel really bad for her fiance. He was cheate on for a pair of old saggy balls.. oh year and for 20K. Why is no one seeing this as some sort of indirect prostitution?

  16. deadeye says: Apr 20, 2012 10:52 AM

    According to Jeff Long’s notes, Dorrell was turned on by Petrino’s “old man smell”.

    I think BP has a deal in the works with Calvin Klein to market his musk under the name “Old Pork”. The tagline will be “It drives volleyball players hog wild”.

  17. whatevnfl says: Apr 20, 2012 1:23 PM

    I wonder if Mrs. Petrino finds the 20,000 “gift” or the relationship a problem.

  18. coolhorn says: Apr 20, 2012 1:49 PM

    Men who are not married (hence have no reason to be discreet) would not keep doing “stiff” like that if they weren’t getting some nookie-much less a married men who needed to be careful.

    …a little Fraudian slip there??? Did you maybe mean “stuff”?

  19. Deb says: Apr 20, 2012 2:16 PM

    Long noted that Petrino “never thought the gift was a problem or the relationship.”

    Above all, football coaches are strategists. Their job is to plan attacks and counterattacks. How could anyone smart enough to run a major football program think hiring his lover and giving her $20,000 out of the company till wouldn’t be a problem? And how could he be stupid enough to have records of all those text messages and phone calls when it’s so easy to buy untraceable prepaid phones?

  20. Deb says: Apr 20, 2012 2:18 PM

    bangitfootball says:

    Jeff Long seems like a smart guy.

    Hard to believe he didnt know he was making a pact with the devil.
    ————————————————–
    Apparently it’s a hard habit to break. PFT reported he reached out to Pete Carroll as a possible replacement for Petrino. Nice to see he’s going for someone with a clean record :roll:

  21. mgm36 says: Apr 20, 2012 2:40 PM

    wonder what it’s like at the petrino household these days? and for the not-so-innocent jessica dorrell, the IRS will be contacting you concerning the $20,000!

  22. concernedcitizen001 says: Apr 20, 2012 10:27 PM

    As I read the original article detailing the sordid exploits of BP (at least “his” version of them), I couldn’t help but think to myself that Mrs. BP must find this reading interesting/appalling/good info for the divorce lawyer.

  23. woopigsooieinmo says: Apr 23, 2012 12:22 PM

    I am sure Mrs. BP has dealt with this before. Maybe not on such a public level but I would be more than willing to bet that Jessica Dorrell isn’t the first young thing to have drilled for Petrino oil. Hopefully she divorces his a@% this time. Screw keeping up appearances. Hopefully the UofA isn’t the only institution kicking him to the curb over this whole ordeal.

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