Bobby Petrino: Jessica Dorrell Scandal Should Force Arkansas to Fire Star Coach

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IApril 8, 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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On the field, Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino is a proven winner. In four seasons he has taken the Razorbacks to a 34-17 record, three bowl games, and most recently a No. 3 finish in the rankings in 2011.

Off the field, however, Petrino may well have cost himself his job as well as his reputation.

According to ABC News' Alex Perez, after Petrino had crashed his motorcycle the affair between him and 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell went public. Petrino "admits having a relationship" with Dorrell.

"In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details. Today, I've acknowledged this previous inappropriate relationship with my family and those within the athletic department administration"

Petrino, husband and father of four children, has done everything in his power to give the Razorbacks national title hopes and a quality football program. Yet inappropriate, inexcusable actions such as the one Petrino made is something that this Arkansas program will fail to stand by.

Regardless of his multiple bowl wins and clear ability to coach winning football teams, it is evident that off the field he is in no way, shape or form a role model for his players or the Arkansas community.

To hire a student athlete coordinator just one month ago and now have it come out that there was an affair is anything but what Arkansas wants in their locker room. As an educational institution, there is a definite chance Petrino has seen his last days coaching the Razorbacks.

Make no mistake about it, Petrino is arguably among the top five coaches in college football. His knowledge of the game and ability to prepare his team each week is a sheer art form. The 2011 Cotton Bowl winners were ranked in the top 36 in both points scored and allowed on the year.

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Yet on the field counts only so much, as the reputation of the school for the time being could well take a hit if Petrino continues on as head coach. The talented head coach has worked wonders on the field, but off the field his actions are a glaring signal that he needs to go.

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