Bobby Petrino placed on administrative leave

In a late press conference this evening, University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced that, after learning that Bobby Petrino had not been totally forthcoming in his statement concerning his motorcycle accident, Bobby Petrino will be placed on paid administrative leave, and assistant head coach Taver Johnson would assume Petrino’s responsibilities in the interim.  Citing the freshness of the information, and uncertainty over whether he is even now in full possession of the facts of the events surrounding the accident and its aftermath, Long stated that Petrino would be placed on paid leave, and will further consider all of the facts available regarding Petrino’s employment.

Long expressed disappointment, but would not elucidate on questions regarding Petrino’s contract, what morals clauses may be contained therein, and how they may affect the coach’s employment situation.  At this time, no information has been given regarding the female employee involved in the incident.  Long repeatedly stated that he has to conduct a review, and once that review is complete, further decisions will be made.

Petrino also released a statement:

The state police report provides an accurate description of my accident, which includes details that had not publicly come to light prior to the report being issued. I regret that I have not publicly acknowledged a passenger on the vehicle. I have been in constant pain, medicated and the circumstances involving the wreck have come out in bits and pieces. That said I certainly had a concern about Jessica Dorrell’s name being revealed. In my press conference, I referred to her simply as “a lady.” My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public. In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details. Today, I’ve acknowledged this previous inappropriate relationship with my family and those within the athletic department administration.

I apologize to my wife, Becky, and our four children, Chancellor (David) Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, University administration, my coaching staff, student-athletes and the entire state of Arkansas. I have been humbled by the outpouring of concern and get well wishes. I apologize to the Razorback Nation for the attention my actions have brought to the University of Arkansas and our program. I will fully cooperate with the University throughout this process and my hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my Athletic Direction, the Razorback Nation and remain the head coach of the Razorbacks.

Additionally, the letter defining the terms of Petrino’s employment contains this section, which Long described when stating his uncertainty regarding clauses in Petrino’s contract:

The Employment Agreement shall include the University’s standard termination for cause provision which includes the right to terminate for cause based on…otherwise engaging in conduct, as solely determined by the University, which is clearly contrary to the character and responsibilities of the person occupying the position of Head Football Coach, or which negatively or adversely affects the reputation of the University or UAF’s Athletics Program in any way.

(Petrino statement via SB Nation, terms of employment letter via @D1scourse)

  • kip devereaux

    Long expressed disappointment, but would not elucidate on questions regarding Petrino’s contract, what morals clauses may be contained therein, and how they may affect the coach’s employment situation.

    how long before Arkiesaw fans file Freedom of Information Act papers to get a hold of Petrino’s contract?

  • Dave K

    what a piece of garbage. hiding behind another letter.

  • younglefty

    Post updated with the relevant contract terms.

  • Suq Madiq

    Buncha haters. I got bobby’s back. Ain’t nothing wrong with a lil bump n grind on the sneak.

  • Amir M

    You quit on the Falcons and you quit on your family…’s called karma baby! Maybe you should of been riding a vespa. Motorcycles are for real men!

  • vze4gvn5

    Hey, I ride a vespa! and it takes a real man to ride one in New York City’s rush hour’s traffic. Them yellow cabs always try to put a hurt on you!

  • knightwhosaysni

    When are people going to learn, it’s always the cover-up that gets you.

  • knightwhosaysni

    Suq Madiq

    very clever

  • boudreaux

    We are hearing that he also was found to be dressed in
    female clothes. Any truth to that.

  • sophillyjimmy

    Fromer President Clinton was caught getting head from a young intern, lied about it at a Congresional Hearing and still finished his term as President of the United States, Petrino has a woman on a motorcycle has an accident and just wants to protect the woman’s reputation and not to embarrass his wife and chldren and he is put on Administrative leave.
    It is common knowledge that rednecks in Arkansas don’t like Italian’s or as they call us Aitalian’s so they want to get rid of their coash who has a winning record, what a farce.

  • Mich Medi

    Certainly not a fan of Arkansas, or the SEC for that matter, but I think the gods have spoken in the matter. Both adulterers were punished with physical and emotional hurt. Unfortunately, the shit just hit the fan as far as their families and friends are concerned. It ain’t easy, folks.

  • chuck

    when is the Playboy spread coming out

  • Big D

    It ain’t easy, folks.


    / I had to.