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Bobby Petrino: A Timeline of the Bobby Petrino Accident Scandal

LITTLE ROCK, AR - NOVEMBER 19:   Head Coach Bobby Petrino and the Arkansas Razorbacks watches his team warm up before a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at War Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bulldogs 44-17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2012

Bobby Petrino has done alright by the Arkansas Razorbacks since his hire.

The same cannot be said for his time at Louisville—despite a lot of wins—and the same certainly cannot be said for his time in Atlanta.

The former Cardinals and Falcons coach has gone 34-17 in the past four seasons and has arguably his most dangerous team coming back this year. The Razorbacks have been in contention for the SEC in each of the past two years and are even considered a national contender this year.

Petrino is unlikely to be there for it, though.

The coach saw to that when he fell off his motorcycle with a female Arkansas employee.

Here's a look at the events which have led to Petrino's suspension.

 

April 1: Motorcycle Accident

No April Fools here, as Petrino was involved in a single-car motorcycle accident and kept overnight at a local hospital, according to Robbie Neiswanger of the Arkansas News Bureau. The accident was reported by local radio host Trey Schaap a day later:

Arkansas Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino was injured in a single motorcycle accident yesterday evening according to Arkansas State Police.

— Trey Schaap (@trey1037TheBuzz) April 2, 2012

 

April 2: Statements

Arkansas Sports 360 confirmed a report that Petrino wasn't wearing a helmet, but was expected to make a full recovery.

The UA confirmed the report with a statement (via ArkansasSports 360):

Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Our family appreciates respect for our privacy during the recovery and we are grateful for the thoughts of Razorback fans at this time.

Jeff Long, director of athletics and vice chancellor, said he has been in touch with the Petrinos and added that he will consult with the family to provide additional information at a later time. Until then, there will be no further information or comment on the accident per the Petrinos' request.

The key words here are "no other individuals."

 

April 3: Back to Work

Petrino shows up at Arkansas practice with a neck brace on. Arkansas Sports 360 captured him at the podium and quoted him as saying, "I'm very fortunate. I feel very lucky to be here."

 

April 5: We Find Out About One Other Individual, Petrino Put on Leave

Larry Henry of 5 News KFSM/KXNW TV reports that 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell was on the bike with Petrino, according to the state police:

Jessica Dorrell, 25, of Elkins was on motorcycle with Coach Petrino when it crashed, State Police report says.

— Larry Henry (@5NEWSLarry) April 5, 2012

Who is Jessica Dorrell? Only a former Razorbacks student-athlete and recent hire to the Arkansas football staff. Her bio can be found on the school's site:

Jessica Dorrell, a former All-SEC volleyball player, became the first female member of the fundraising staff of the Razorback Foundation in November 2009.  Dorrell assists with membership and fundraising for women's athletics and is the primary coordinator of the annual Red Tie Salute to Excellence Dinner and Auction ...

She was hired on March 28 of this year, and Petrino had an interesting quote at the time of the hire (via the school's site):

"Jessica Dorrell will be a great addition to our football program,” said Coach Petrino. “As a former student-athlete she has an enthusiasm for the Razorbacks and is familiar with what the University of Arkansas can offer. She is extremely organized and has a professional approach, which should translate well into our program and recruiting as we continue to place an emphasis on this area."

Later that night, Arkansas AD Jeff Long held a press conference to comment on the Petrino situation and ultimately supplied us with a written statement from the coach in which he admitted an inappropriate relationship with Dorrell.

Long then announced (via Sports Illustrated) that Petrino would be put on paid leave pending a further review.

It is said that the coach has been fully cooperative with the police thus far, but he did not fully disclose all information to his school.

Naturally, this situation is far from over, and there is a lot more still to come.

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