Bobby Petrino: Arkansas Would Still Have a Coach If He Had Told the Truth

Alex CallosCorrespondent IApril 11, 2012

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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Former Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino has been fired by the university.

Petrino was recently involved in a motorcycle accident and hid from the university that he had a passenger on the motorcycle with him.

That passenger was 25-year old Jessica Dorrell. Petrino had hired her on March 28, four days before the accident.

It was also reported that Petrino had at one point given Dorrell $20,000 and the two had been having an inappropriate relationship for a "significant" amount of time.

Petrino is just the most recent in a long line of coaches who were fired for not telling the truth.

Just in the past year, names like Jim Tressel and Joe Paterno have been let go from their respective universities not because they lied, but because they failed to tell the truth and withheld information.

The truth of the matter is that if Bobby Petrino had just told the truth when everything had happened, he would still he coaching at Arkansas.

Instead, he followed in the footsteps of Paterno and Tressel, withholding information, leading to his eventual demise.

In an age where there is more technology than the world knows what to do with, Petrino had to know that at some point the truth was going to come out and it was going to come back to bite him.

It did, and now he is not only trying the fix the irreparable damage he caused his family, but he will also be looking for a new job at some point in the future.

This isn't the first time Petrino has acted a little shady in recent years. He left the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job just 13 games into the 2007 season by failing to give his resignation in person, but instead leaving farewell notes.

Petrino should have taken the opportunity to learn from the coaches who had gone through the exact same thing over the past few months and told the truth from the beginning.

If he had done so, he likely would have been suspended for somewhere between 30 to 60 days.

Instead, he is looking for a job and trying to fix the damages he caused to his family.