Dorrell Resigns Posts At Arkansas, Will Get Approximately $14,000 As Settlement

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012 7:18 pm  

Jessica Dorrell has resigned her post at Arkansas. (Photo by UA Media Relations)

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Jessica Dorrell, the Arkansas football staff member involved in an affair with former coach Bobby Petrino, has resigned as a student athlete development coordinator.

Dorrell will get $13,933.75 from the UA to settle "all matters between the parties." Athletic Director Jeff Long said both the UA and Dorrell agreed the resignation was mutually beneficial.

Per the settlement Dorell agreed not to attempt to sell or profit from "her affiliation with Razorback athletics." Dorrell will pay her own legal fees. Money from the settlement will come from the Razorback Foundation and is payable within two weeks of her resignation.

“While Ms. Dorrell had a legitimate right to apply for and accept a position within the football program, the circumstances surrounding the former coach’s decision to hire her compromised her ability to be effective in such a position,” he said. “She and I believe she should have the opportunity to move on.”

Dorrell was added to the Arkansas football staff in a $55,000-per year job, following a relationship with Petrino. Arkansas fired Petrino last week and Dorrell was under review through the weekend. Petrino and Dorrell were involved in an April 1 motorcycle accident and the former coach tried to cover up her involvement.

Neither Petrino nor Dorrell disclosed their relationship during the interview process for her job. Dorrell and Petrino exchanged more than 4,300 text and multimedia messages and 300 phone calls between mid-September and April.

Petrino was fired with cause, forfeiting his $18 million buyout.

Arkansas said there are no immediate plans to re-open the student athlete development coordinator position. Duties will be shared among existing staff.

Jessica Dorrell Reisgnation Documents



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