Jessica Dorrell Resigns: Mistress' Exit Cleanses Stench of Petrino Scandal

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2012

(University of Arkansas, Wesley Hitt/AP Photo; Gareth Patterson/AP Photo)
(University of Arkansas, Wesley Hitt/AP Photo; Gareth Patterson/AP Photo)

The Arkansas Razorbacks are looking for a new football coach and can finally do so without the stink of the Bobby Petrino scandal still fresh in their nostrils.

Jessica Dorrell, Petrino's mistress and the woman who was with the former UA coach during his motorcycle accident, resigned yesterday from the program. Jimmy Carter of CBS and the UA paper had the scoop:

Jessica Dorrell has resigned from her position in the athletic department, according to the UA.

— Jimmy Carter (@jicartersports) April 17, 2012

He also reported that she received a $14,000 settlement, but cannot profit from the scandal.

Her position, for which she was hired despite applicants who were more qualified for the position, will not be immediately filled.

The only thing athletic director Jeff Long and the university need to focus on is hiring a coach who can help a team with BCS potential.

With returning stars such as quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis, both potential first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Razorbacks are considered a legitimate threat to win the SEC, play in a BCS bowl or possibly even compete for the BCS Championship.

Now that Dorrell is officially gone, they can start getting back to the important matters at hand without Petrino's name attached to anything.

It won't be easy and it won't be overnight, but the Razorbacks will soon enough have a new coach and something else to talk about.