Arkansas fired football coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday, publicly dressing him down for hiring his mistress and intentionally misleading his boss about everything from their relationship to her presence at the motorcycle accident that ultimately cost him his job.
Athletic director Jeff Long announced his decision at an evening news conference and laid out a stunning laundry list of misdeeds against the man he hired away from the Atlanta Falcons four years ago.
The 51-year-old Petrino, a married father of four, had maintained an inappropriate relationship with 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell for a "significant" amount of time and at one point had given her $20,000, Long said.
Dorrell, a former Razorbacks volleyball player, worked for the Razorbacks Foundation before she was hired by Petrino on March 28. Long said she got the job after a time frame that was "shorter than our normal affirmative action hiring process."
Petrino never disclosed his conflict of interest in hiring Dorrell, Long said. And he ignored multiple chances to simply come clean.
There was a "pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior to deceive me," Long said.
Petrino had built Arkansas into a national power over four seasons, including a 21-5 record the past two years. Petrino guided the Razorbacks to a No. 5 final ranking last season and a Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State.
Long said Petrino was fired "with cause" -- meaning he will not
The April 1 accident left Petrino with four broken ribs, a cracked vertebra in his neck and numerous abrasions on his face. During a subsequent news conference and in a conversation with Long, he failed to mention that Dorrell was with him at the time of the accident.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, Petrino said he has "no one to blame by myself." He said he chose to engage in an improper relationship and then made "several poor decisions" following the end of that relationship.
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