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Petrino investigation to last through weekend

By Matt Jones

This article was published April 7, 2012 at 2:49 p.m.

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Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a news conference in Fayetteville on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after being released from a hospital.

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of Bobby Petrino's career in Arkansas.

— The University of Arkansas' review of Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino will not be completed this weekend, a spokesperson said Saturday.

Petrino was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday when an Arkansas State Police report stated Jessica Dorrell - hired March 28 to an administrative role within the football department - was a passenger during his motorcycle accident last weekend in rural Madison County.

The report contradicted an earlier UA-issued statement in the week indicating Petrino was the only passenger. According to a 911 call released Friday, Petrino and Dorrell declined a call for an ambulance and were transported to Fayetteville by passing motorists.

In a statement, Petrino admitted to withholding details about the accident and a "previous inappropriate relationship", and expressed his desire to remain Arkansas' coach.

Petrino has a personal conduct clause in his contract for “engaging in conduct, as solely determined by the University, which is clearly contrary to the character and responsibilities of a person occupying the position of Head Football Coach or which negatively or adversely affects the reputation of the University or UAF’s Athletics Programs in any way.”

UA athletics director Jeff Long said Thursday he would conduct a "thorough and judicious" review of the matter to determine whether Petrino, who has coached four years at Arkansas, breached his contract or broke any university rules.

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poppy1 says... April 7, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.

I know BP's hide is thick and he is probably tough enough to withstand the tidal wave of negative publicity, but can the Razorback nation? The vultures (with ESPN in the lead) are circling ever lower and lower. To have a football team worthy of SEC competition we have to maintain a level of recruiting at least as good as last years. It's going to be hard to recruit with a head coach unable to look those mothers in the eye. Pray for Jeff Long. He holds the future of the Razorback football team in his hands.

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GeraldWells says... April 7, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.

Wll it be the Razorback football program (money) vs. morality? My guess is that Arkansans will go for the money to hell with morality, cheating and lying.

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RadioGoGuy says... April 7, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.

It's a big mess he's gotten himself into. This being the "Bible Belt" morality AND money go hand in hand. It's a tough call at best. Personally, if he had not lied about it and been upfront, I could have overlooked his misdeeds. I certainly do not have the respect I did for him before this matter came to light. I will pray for him, his family and Mr. Long. BP and Jeff Long have a rough road ahead.

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wardmassey11012113 says... April 7, 2012 at 8:14 p.m.

What's sad is all the folks he's draggin along with him. Wouldn't surprise me if we see Capt. Kings retirement announced soon. Good job coach......

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haircutter says... April 7, 2012 at 9:31 p.m.

I don't condone anything the coach has done, but face it, we all make mistakes.

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jgamm02031134 says... April 7, 2012 at 10:14 p.m.

While I am deeply sad for how coach Petrino's actions have hurt his family, our team, himself, the U of A and others involved-- yet I do believe in forgiveness, as I believe do most fans...

It would be a nice first step in restoring trust if we we could both observe and feel there is true contrition and remorse for both what he did and those he has hurt... more than just sorry that he got caught and for what he could lose ...

We would like to see evidence of a deep inner commitment that these things, or even the appearance of wrong doing will never happen again on his watch. Give us all a reason to believe that professional and personal integrity will be a cornerstone going forward.

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Stopdaviolence says... April 7, 2012 at 10:20 p.m.

Dear Jeff Long
I personally could give a rats a$$ who Bobby is sleeping with. That needs to remain between him, his wife, and let God judge him. You hired him to do a job which was to coach the Razorbacks. I think last time I checked, he's doing a pretty darn good job. If you fire him and the new coach SUCKS!! I can guarantee you, all these people that's screaming fire BP will turn on you in a split second. I guarantee you they will start screaming fire Jeff Long. Just remember that winning will put all this to rest. Now do I have a problem with BP committing adultry? Yes I do but it's not for me to judge him on that. I judge him on wins and loses! Isn't that why you hired him?

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bfineprint says... April 8, 2012 at 3:52 a.m.

This is a matter of trust. Pinochiotrino back-stabbed his AD at Louisville, going behind his back to talk to Auburn and lying about it to the AD, then later asking the AD to get him a new 10-year contract bec. he wanted to stay at Louisville a few months before he left. Pinochiotrino's actions also cost the AD and president of Auburn their jobs bec they didn't go through proper channels to talk to Pinochiotrino. You know what happened at Atlanta, and now he can't be honest with the Arkansas AD (who wants to do his best to protect the coach), who is not only responsible for the football coach, but a 25-year-old former Arkansas volleyball player who was hired by Pinochiotrino to basically be his mistress. What if the woman had been killed? Long would be gone. But as I wrote previously, basketball coach Pitino survived a worse scandal in many ways, but it was his first misstep and he leveled with the AD. Long will be putting his career at stake, knowing that Pinochitrino can't be trusted and has left a number of bodies in his wake. Pinochiotrino -- a great football mind, but a horrible human being.

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bigkno1 says... April 8, 2012 at 8:04 a.m.

Character is tested rarely, and only revealed with action, not words. Now is the time for the University. Do you really think Petrino is the only guy on God's Green Earth who can successfully coach the Razorbacks? Well, if you do, then brace yourselves. He has bailed on a team before with not one word of warning, and he'll do it again. What will you do then? Cry? He has no character, and if the University retains him, the stink will spread to the School. You can and will find a better coach to take over. Don't be afraid. Character is not something that is spoken..that's reserved for politicians. Live It!

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Drumroll says... April 8, 2012 at 8:57 a.m.

Everybody deserves a second chance, Coach Petrino included. Screw up again however and he has to go.

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