Petrino on Paid Leave After Admitting Relationship With Subordinate. [VIDEO/POLL]
It’s been a rough week for Razorback fans, but even rougher for Athletic Director Jeff Long. In a late night press conference last night, Mr Long announced that he had put Head Coach Bobby Petrino on paid leave and is conducting a review to determine if he will remain the head coach.
Late yesterday, it was revealed that Coach Petrino was not alone as he rode (and crashed) his motorcycle Sunday afternoon. Riding along with him was a 25 year old UA employee named Jessica Dorrell, whom Petrino has now admitted having an “inappropriate relationship” with (it’s called an affair coach. Call it what it is).
Here’s the ESPN story…
Here’s Coach Petrino’s statement…
“The state police report today provides an accurate description of my accident, which includes details that had not publically come to light prior to the report being issued. I regret that I have not publically acknowledged a passenger on the vehicle. I have been in constant pain, medicated and the circumstances involving the wreck have come out in bits and pieces. That said I certainly had a concern about Jessica Dorrell’s name being revealed. In my press conference, I referred to her simply as ‘a lady’. My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public. In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details. Today, I’ve acknowledged this previous inappropriate relationship with my family and those within the athletic department administration. I apologize to my wife, Becky, and our four children, Chancellor (David) Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, University administration, my coaching staff, student-athletes and the entire state of Arkansas. I have been humbled by the outpouring of concern and get-well wishes. I apologize to the Razorback Nation for the attention my actions have brought to the University of Arkansas and our program. I will fully cooperate with the University throughout this process and my hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my Athletic Director, the Razorback Nation and remain the head coach of the Razorbacks.”
And finally.. here’s Jeff Long’s press conference held late last night.
So. We know that Petrino was having a fling with a 25 year old who worked in the football department (and she was just hired by the football program last month). We know he was less than honest with fans and his boss. So. From the facts we know so far, do you think Petrino can survive this and remain the Razorbacks head coach? Take the poll below!