Bobby Petrino Fired at Arkansas for Jessica Dorrell Scandal

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterApril 10, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Arkansas Razorbacks yells from the sideline during the game against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Bobby Petrino Era at Arkansas is officially over.

According to ESPN college football insider Joe Schad, the school has decided to part ways with the head coach of its football program in the wake of a scandal involving former Razorbacks volleyball star Jessica Dorrell:

Bobby Petrino is out at Arkansas

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 10, 2012

Petrino's termination was officially announced at a press conference in Fayetteville on Tuesday evening. Petrino led the Hogs to a 75-26 record in four seasons on the job, including a trip to the Sugar Bowl and a victory in the 2012 Cotton Bowl.

He was placed on indefinite paid leave last week for lying to the university administration about a motorcycle accident involving himself and Dorrell, who'd been hired to serve as a student-athlete development coordinator in late March. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long revealed at the press conference that Petrino gave Dorrell $20,000 in cash:

Bobby Petrino gave Jessica Dorrell 20K according to Arkansas

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 11, 2012

 

Long also explained that Petrino gave her preferential treatment in the search to fill a position for which there were 159 applicants in total.