Jeff Long Fires Bobby Petrino As Arkansas Razorback Football Coach

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012 6:24 pm  

Bobby Petrino is out at Arkansas. (Photo by Ryan Miller)

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“I assure you we will seek a head coach that possesses the expertise, leadership skills, and character to maintain Razorback football as one of the nation’s elite programs,” Long said. “We will maintain a program of student-athletes and coaches that all of Arkansas and Razorback fans across the nation will be proud of.”

Petrino’s on-field success was a source of pride for Arkansas. But his off-field decisions were too much for Long to overlook.

Because of the relationship with and hiring of Dorrell, Petrino forfeited a contract that was supposed to run through 2017. Petrino was in the midst of a season that included a $17 million buyout, but his actions voided the contract.

Petrino released a statement through his attorney, apologizing for his missteps.

“The simplest response I have is: I’m sorry,” Petrino said. “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.”




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