Jessica Dorrell Returns to Fundraising in South Carolina

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 12:00 am  

Jessica Dorrell, former student athlete development coordinator position at the University of Arkansas. (Photo by University of Arkansas Athletics)

Former Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was still searching for a job as of press time. He’s been linked to a number of openings in college football and even had family and friends lobbying in the press on his behalf.

Petrino — for all his faults — figures to land a job somewhere. He’s too good of a football coach to stay unemployed for long, and in the multibillion-dollar industry of college athletics, a good football coach can generate lots of revenue.

So somebody will be willing to overlook the sins of Petrino, which included hiring his mistress to a football staff position at Arkansas and then lying that Jessica Dorrell wasn't a passenger with him in an April 1 motorcycle crash. In addition to hiring Dorrell at a salary of $55,000, Petrino gave her a $20,000 cash gift.

We feel certain Petrino will wind up back in coaching sooner than later.

What, though, is happening with Dorrell, who seemed to be on the way to a promising career of her own before joining the football staff and going on an ill-fated joy ride with Petrino?

We’ve learned that Dorrell, 25, is now in South Carolina working for the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

She has returned to fundraising, the career path she was on before joining the football staff under Petrino.

Why South Carolina?

Dorrell apparently has joined ex-fiance Josh Morgan there. Morgan is now the strength and conditioning coach for the University of South Carolina swim team.

Dorrell resigned from her student athlete development coordinator position at Arkansas on April 17, a week after Petrino was fired. She was paid $13,933.75 and agreed not to attempt to sell or profit from “her affiliation with Razorback athletics.”



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