The University of Arkansas has announced today that it has fired the head coach of their football team, Bobby Petrino, after a scandal involving Petrino crashing his motorcycle and lying about the fact that he had a female passenger riding along with him. The news was reported first by ESPN’s Joe Schad, via Twitter. Petrino, who is a married man, initially claimed that he had been riding alone, but after the police investigated the crash, it was discovered that Petrino, who is 51 years old, had been riding with 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell, a former University of Arkansas volleyball player and current fundraiser for the Razorback Foundation. Petrino then admitted to having a “previous inappropriate relationship” with Dorrell. According to KNWA’s Adam Alter, Arkansas will hold a press conference at 8:15pm tonight, April 10th, to formally announce their decision to fire Petrino.
This is not the first time Petrino has left a job amidst controversy. Back in 2007, Petrino famously vacated the Atlanta Falcons’ head coaching position, in the middle of the season and in the middle of the night, merely leaving a letter in players’ lockers about his actions to leave Atlanta to become the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.