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Arkansas releases Petrino phone records

By David Harten

This article was published April 11, 2012 at 3:10 p.m.

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— The University of Arkansas released the phone records of former head football coach Bobby Petrino on Wednesday afternoon.

The records, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, show Petrino's history pertaining the usage of his university-funded phone. The seven sets of records details Petrino's cell phone usage from Sept. 12 of last year to April 5.

The records show Petrino and Jessica Dorrell, who Petrino hired to his football staff in March, exchanged 288 phone calls and 4,388 text messages during the time frame.

Petrino and Dorrell often spoke multiple times in a day and would often exchange scores of text messages during a 24-hour span.

In all, the records consist of 305 pages spanning seven months.

On the day of Petrino's motorcycle crash, April 1, Petrino made eight calls from 6:41 p.m. until 9:44 p.m. on the phone. The crash occurred at 6:32 p.m. according the accident report from the Arkansas State Police.

Petrino and Dorrell spoke twice on the phone earlier that day. Petrino placed a 10-minute call to Dorrell at 3:24 p.m. Dorrell later called Petrino for a 6-minute conversation at 3:39 p.m.

Dorrell placed a 22-minute phone call to Petrino the day following the accident.

Other calls include one at 6:34 a.m. on March 28 - the day her hire was announced. There were three text messages around the lunch hour that day as well.

On April 5, there was a flurry of calls between them beginning around 1:50 p.m. and ending at 5:42 p.m. The Arkansas State Police Report identifying Dorrell as a passenger in the accident was released that day and Petrino was placed on an administrative leave that night pending an investigation.

He was fired after four seasons as the Razorbacks' head coach on Tuesday.

Dorrell was involved in the accident on Arkansas 16 in rural Madison County, about 23 miles southeast of Fayetteville. Petrino initially said he was the only passenger during the accident, which left him with multiple broken ribs, a cracked vertebra and a sprained neck.

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

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T6 says... April 11, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.

I'm sure it was all business!!!!!!(sarc)

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Razorbacker1 says... April 11, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

How bout them Hawgs!!!!!! Whoooooo Pig Soooooie!! Those text were about the upcoming recruiting class!!

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jeeper360 says... April 11, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.

There is a rumor going around that the crash happened because Dorrell was driving. If they had switched places shortly before, that would explain why the motorcycle went off the road. A rookie rider mistake is to not push left to go left.

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Felina says... April 11, 2012 at 6:32 p.m.

Wouldn't she have been more likely to have been injured if she was driving? Or does it matter? The good Samaritans who picked them up said that Jessica appeared to be limping, but was otherwise OK.

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Dontsufferfools says... April 11, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.

What an idiot. After Nutt was embarrassed by the texts he sent to a friend via his state-paid phone, Petrino didn't have enough sense to use a private line? Unbelievable. How can someone so clueless be worth $3 million a year?

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NoUserName says... April 11, 2012 at 11:51 p.m.

Oh, I can't wait to see the content of those messages.

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