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Petrino in stable condition following motorcycle accident

By Matt Jones

This article was originally published April 2, 2012 at 7:57 a.m. Updated April 2, 2012 at 4:43 p.m.


Bobby Petrino's Harley-Davidson motorcycle following an accident on Sunday.

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday night southeast of Fayetteville.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER --04/02/12-- Seen on Monday, April 2, 2012, a single tire track extends about 20 yards from Arkansas 16 south ...

— Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident Sunday night, according to the Arkansas State Police.

In a release Monday, Petrino's family said he is expected to make a full recovery and was in stable condition, but didn't specify the severity of his injuries.

A source told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Petrino suffered multiple broken ribs, "all kinds of cuts and bruises", and a neck sprain.

The crash was reported around 6:45 p.m. Sunday night on Arkansas 16 in Madison County near Crosses, a rural community about 23 miles southeast of Fayetteville. With its winding roads and picturesque views of the Boston Mountains, the area is popular among bikers.

Bob Kramer came upon the crash scene around 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, but said Petrino was already gone and no police were on-hand. Kramer said the Harley-Davidson had a custom Razorback paint job.

"The bike was on top of some timber, but nothing real big - maybe 4 inches in diameter," Kramer said. "It ended up resting basically upright, at a little bit of an angle.

"The road kind of has a little rise on it and then bends around to the left over a hill. The bike just kind of went straight up over the crest of that hill. It could have been anything that caused it."

An Arkansas State Police report on the incident might not be available for two or three days, but spokesperson Bill Sadler said it was a single-vehicle crash that happened when Petrino's motorcycle left the roadway.

According to Sadler, Petrino was taken to a hospital in Washington County, where he was admitted and kept overnight. Sadler didn't specify whether Petrino was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Petrino was not listed as a patient at any of the major hospitals in Northwest Arkansas on Monday, but patients can ask their name be withheld from a hospital's roster, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

UA athletics director Jeff Long said in a release on Monday afternoon he had visited with Petrino in the hospital and, "Coach Petrino is resting comfortably and is encouraged by the progress of his recovery."

Petrino, 51, is entering his fifth year as the Razorbacks' football coach. He is an avid motorcycle collector and had four when he spoke about his hobby during a 2008 interview with Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

"It's relaxing to me," Petrino said in the interview. "You get out and you get to see good scenery, and I like to ride up to Beaver Lake. It's pretty up there. I've been around the outdoors. I grew up around the outdoors my whole life."


Tom Murphy in Fayetteville, Caleb Fort in Springdale and Jennifer Godwin in Little Rock contributed to this report

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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dabossman says... April 2, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.

Prayers for Bobby and his family.

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Drumroll says... April 2, 2012 at 9:15 a.m.

Get well soon Coach P!

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SPA says... April 2, 2012 at 9:32 a.m.

Wonder if he was wearing a helmet? Hope so. Sure would be a great example for the young folk out there who think they are invincible.

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Arkiemom says... April 2, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.

Roostermom's comment was inappropriate considering the circumstances. Let's send positive thoughts the Petrino's way - not jokes.

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arkyparky says... April 2, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.

i want to know how it happened, what he did wrong so i don't do it

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cables says... April 2, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone would post a negative comment on an article like this....Praying for a full recovery for Bobby Petrino and want his family to know that there are many thoughts and prayers going out for all of them today.

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7 says... April 2, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.

My prayers are with Coach Bobby Petrino for a full recovery.

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callinitasicit says... April 2, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.

from one rider to another, prayers sent your way for a speedy recovery. roostermom your comment is so inappropriate here and imo anywhere else when now days more women and men own and ride motorcycles then ever. I am female, got ran over by a car, my bike was totaled and 2 years later I AM UP AND RIDING AGAIN!

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oldude says... April 2, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.

Roostermom obviously was given a motorcycle by her father! Now to important issues...Prayers sent for fast recovery to Coach Petrino.

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T6 says... April 2, 2012 at 12:34 p.m.

I'm sure the coach will make a speedy recovery.
What is suspect is the statement from the family, "Our family appreciates the respect for our privacy during the recovery,"
What happened with this accident, that they need privacy? Sooooooo many questions....... Evidently no answers as of yet.

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