Arkansas Places Razorback Football Coach Bobby Petrino On Administrative Leave

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Apr. 5, 2012 10:08 pm  

Jeff Long, speaking Thursday night at a news conference where he announced coach Bobby Petrino is on administrative leave. (Photo by

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Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino has been placed on paid administrative leave by UA Athletic Director Jeff Long.

Long said he is investigating a recent motorcycle accident involving Petrino and student athlete development coordinator Jessica Dorrell. Petrino admitted to a "previous inappropriate relationship" in a statement Thursday.

Petrino said in a statement released Thursday he hoped to repair relationships with family and "remain the head coach of the Razorbacks."

(Video: Watch the full news conference here.)

Further disciplinary action is possible, but Long said he needed to conduct a review. Petrino did not attend an evening press conference in the Raymond Miller Room, but issued an apology to his wife, four children, Long, and university administration and board of trustees members.

"I'm at the beginning of the review. I don't know what I'm going to find," Long said.

Long informed Petrino of the decision at approximately 8:30 p.m., following a meeting between the two that began about 7:15. That meeting was one-on-one, Long said, but Petrino's legal representatives are in town. Both attended the press conference.

Petrino called Long about 3:12 p.m. on Thursday, prior to an Arkansas State Police accident report being released, and admitted that he was not alone on the motorcycle when he wrecked it Sunday near the Crosses community in Madison County, about 25 miles from Fayetteville. The ASP report was the first mention that Petrino was not alone on the motorcycle.

Earlier in the week the UA released a statement on behalf of Petrino's family indicating that the wreck "involved no other individuals."

But Petrino was accompanied by Dorrell, according to the police report (which can be viewed here).

Dorrell, 25, and Petrino, 51, were transported from the accident scene and Dorrell, who reported no injuries when interviewed by State Police, left in her own vehicle after the two were dropped off at an undisclosed location. Petrino was transported by state trooper Lance King from there to the hospital.

Here's how Petrino described the aftermath of the accident when he met with the media on Tuesday:



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