Bobby Petrino Fired Due To Scandal With 25-Year-Old Woman
Booby Petrino won't have the chance of achieving his dream of winning the national championship anymore after being involved in a scandal with a 25-year-old woman. He has nobody to blame but himself.
Athletic director Jeff Long fired Petrino on Tuesday and laid out a stunning list of misdeeds against the man he hired four years ago.
He lectured Petrino on hiring his mistress and for intentionally misleading him about his infidelity that came into the open after their April 1 motorcycle ride together that ended in an accident.
"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," Long said as he announced to the players that their coach was gone.
The 51-year-old Petrino, a married father of four, had an illicit relationship with 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell for a "significant" amount of time and at one point gave her $20,000, Long said.
Petrino made public his lengthy apology and said he was focused on trying to make amends to his family.
"All I have been able to think about is the number of people I've let down by making selfish decisions," he said. "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."
Jessica Dorrell, Petrino’s woman and a former Razorbacks volleyball player, worked for the Razorbacks Foundation before she got hired by Petrino on March 28, 4 days before the accident on a rural road 20 miles outside Fayetteville. Long said Dorrell was one of three finalists out of 159 applicants and was immediately hired after an unusually short span of time.
Petrino never disclosed his conflict of interest in hiring Dorrell or the payment and she clearly had an unfair advantage over the other candidates, Long said.
"Coach Petrino abused his authority when over the past few weeks he made a staff decision and personal choices that benefited himself and jeopardized the integrity of the football program," Long said.