Bobby Petrino is officially out as the head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Petrino was fired mere days after the university placed him on paid administrative leave after finding out that he had lied about his motorcycle accident on April 1. Petrino failed to mention that he was riding with a passenger and chose not to disclose that the passenger was a 25-year-old former volleyball player that he'd had an affair with.
Joe Schad of ESPN.com first broke the news of Petrino's firing on Tuesday evening, and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long made it official when he addressed the media in a news conference a short while later.
In the news conference, Long held nothing back. He explained the decision to fire Petrino very carefully. And in doing so, he effectively buried Petrino.
In a span of several minutes, Long clarified that Petrino had multiple chances to be truthful about his accident, but he chose to "knowingly mislead" Long and the rest of the athletic department. Worse, Long revealed new details about Petrino's relationship with his passenger, Jessica Dorrell.
For starters, Long noted that Dorrell was one of nearly 160 applicants for the football-department job that Petrino gave her just a few days before they were involved in the accident together. Petrino never clarified that he and Dorrell were connected, which is a violation of university policy.
Worse, Long revealed that Petrino had also loaned Dorrell $20,000 in cash.
Long concluded the press conference by making it abundantly clear that Petrino had abused his authority and, in doing so, had compromised the integrity of Arkansas' football program.
At the conclusion of the press conference, Long was noticeably choked up. Despite that, he managed to deliver one line in particular that pretty much summed it all up. "No single individual is bigger than the team, the Razorbacks football program or the University of Arkansas," he said.
This is exactly why Bobby Petrino is unemployed right now.
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