Bobby Petrino Done At Arkansas
Throughout his coaching career, Bobby Petrino has been surrounded by controversy of some sort. From walking out on Louisville six months after signing a ten-year contract, to quitting on the Atlanta Falcons before even finishing one full season, Petrino has been one of the most controversial coaches in the football over the last decade. But for the first time last night, an employer decided to be proactive and relieved Petrino of his duties.
After over a week of cover-up surrounding a motorcycle accident and cheating on his wife, Bobby Petrino has been fired as head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. In the midst of the dark cloud Petrino cast on the program, the shame was brought to an end in a most insulting fashion: he was fired via a letter from athletic director Jeff Long, who then aired out a bunch of Petrino’s “dirty laundry” in a press conference Tuesday night.
During the press conference, Long said that Petrino, “made the decision, a conscious decision, to mislead the public on Tuesday, and in doing so negatively and adversely affected the reputation of the University of Arkansas and our football program.” Long continued by saying, “In short, coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletic staff, both before and after the motorcycle accident.”
Early last week, Petrino was in a motorcycle accident with his mistress, who has since been identified as 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell. Petrino suffered four broken ribs, a cracked vertebra in his neck and numerous abrasions on his face from the accident.
Petrino issued a lengthy apology that addressed his family problems:
The simplest response I have is: I’m sorry. These two words seem very inadequate. But that is my heart. All I have been able to think about is the number of people I’ve let down by making selfish decisions. I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the past. Some deserved, some not deserved. This time, I have no one to blame but myself.
I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end of that relationship and in the aftermath of the accident. I accept full responsibility for what has happened.