As we tried to tell people way back when the news of Jessica Dorrell being a passenger broke, that was just the start of the trouble, not the end. This story was going to invite the national media to turn their eyes on to the Northwest corner of Arkansas.
The digging started around Dorrell and Bobby Petrino's relationship, and with the reveal of the $20,000 bonus, the hire over 159 other candidates and the frequent phone calls and messages exchanged, it seemed that the Dorrell leg of the carcass has been picked clean.
However, there still seems to be a bit of meat left on the carcass of Bobby Petrino. In going through the phone records, it seems a new avenue to pursue has come up. From Deadspin:
The process of parsing Bobby Petrino's phone records continues, and another interesting number has popped up on our radar. In fits and starts, Petrino exchanged nearly two hundred text and picture messages with a Little Rock cell phone registered to one Alison Melder, whose LinkedIn profile lists her as a senate assistant with the Republican Party of Arkansas.
Melder, 26, graduated from Arkansas-Little Rock with a degree in political science and has worked with the Young Republicans as well as the state GOP; she also worked on Jim Keet's gubernatorial campaign in 2010. (On Twitter, her bio reads "Go Lakers, Go Hogs, and Go GOP.) But her political work is hardly the first thing that comes up when you search for her name: she did a spot of modeling, at least a few years back. One modeling profile she created four years ago contains a portfolio of bikini and lingerie images, and she seems to be a favorite of The Dirty. She also lists herself as winner of the 2008 Miss Bikini USA and Miss Motorcycle Mania competitions.
So, apparently, at least as far as contacts go, Dorrell was not the only lady Petrino was exchanging texts with.
The media is most certainly going to run down this avenue, as Melder brings a bit more salaciousness to the narrative. Now there are two girls—one a former Razorbacks volleyball player turned fund raiser turned football administrative staffer, and the other a former Miss Bikini USA and Miss Motorcycle Mania.
While the damage is done with respect to Bobby Petrino working at Arkansas, all the new information that comes out is just pushing the coach further and further away from his next opportunity. Folks will be digging into each contact, into each relationship and looking to discover why the 26-year-old was sending pics to Petrino, why Petrino even had her number and plenty more.
This is the very reason why the first lie is the big problem. When you get caught in a lie, it opens Pandora's box. Right now, the media is sifting through that box for any and everything. Petrino better hope his ducks are in a row. Although, given what's happened in the last week, don't expect him to.