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Bobby Petrino Scandal: Why No One Should Be Surprised

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks on during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Joshua MoeschlCorrespondent IIIApril 6, 2012

Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino was injured in a motorcycle crash over the weekend when he lost control of his bike and it stumbled off the road. While his physical injuries were minor, the repercussions of that night will certainly haunt the coach for the rest of his days.

Something Petrino failed to let the university know was that he was carrying a passenger when he crashed. If the story ended there, it would be bad enough. 

It doesn't.

He was carrying a female football employee. That's not so bad, right? Giving a colleague a ride? 


This employee was half the coach's age and, apparently, involved in an "inappropriate" relationship with him.

Petrino originally stated he was alone on the bike at the time of the accident. In fact, he didn't inform athletic director Jeff Long of his disinformation until shortly before the police report that showed the female's presence was to be released. 

The passenger is a former Razorbacks volleyball player and current football employee—Jessica Dorrell, 26 years Petrino's junior. Dorrell was reportedly hired by Petrino about a week before the accident, on March 28.

The coach is married and has four children. He even seemed to partially blame his medicated state for his cover-up. 

This behavior should surprise no one. Remember, this is the guy who left a Dear John note for his players when he ditched the Atlanta Falcons in a late-night getaway. He is not the squeaky-clean guy that Tiger Woods was when his family situation exploded. He was already displaying signs of deceitful behavior.

Going to a college team after the NFL was almost asking for trouble for a guy like Petrino. As a college coach, you are largely left to your own business, and cameras are not constantly around. A recipe for disaster.

Frankly, I am surprised he hasn't gotten into something like this sooner. I certainly hope Petrino recovers fully from his injuries, and I would never hope for someone to be injured, but I won't be losing too much sleep over his current predicament.

I'm guessing the city of Atlanta won't, either.

Petrino's future is being decided as I type this, but whatever the case, this should show everyone exactly what kind of person Bobby Petrino is. His cowardly exit as the Falcons' head coach was not a fluke. 

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