Petrino, Razorbacks paying price for coach’s swinish behavior
April 12, 2012 12:01 AM | 1942 views | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Upon hearing the news that Bobby Petrino had been fired as head coach of the University of Arkansas football team, we’re sure that more than a few Georgians and fans of the Atlanta Falcons thought to themselves, “Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”

And with the adjective “nicer” meant sarcastically, of course.

Petrino’s career finally seems to have self-destructed in recent days as details bubbled up about a motorcycle wreck that took place April 1 in Fayetteville. As it turned out, he had a rider aboard that day — 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell, with whom the married Petrino was having a long-term affair. Moreover, Petrino had hired the former Razorbacks volleyball player four days earlier as the student-athlete development coordinator for the football program, and under circumstances that strongly suggested favoritism. And he had also given her $20,000.

Petrino then compounded his situation by failing to come clean with his higher-ups.

“He made the decision, a conscious decision, to mislead the public on Tuesday, and in doing so negatively and adversely affected the reputation of the University of Arkansas and our football program,” said athletic director Jeff Long during a press conference on Tuesday. “In short, coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletic staff, both before and after the motorcycle accident.”

Petrino was fired “with cause” and therefore will get none of the $18 million buyout provision detailed in his contract, even though he had compiled a 34-17 record there as coach and established Arkansas as a power in the SEC West.

An argument could be made that Arkansas finally got what it deserved. You’ll recall that Petrino jumped town as Falcons coach in the middle of the night 13 games into the 2007 for the Arkansas job. Arkansas had no problems wooing him out of his contract with Atlanta, and Petrino saw no problem in leaving his players, assistant coaches, employer and Falcons fans in the lurch. That episode offered huge insights into Petrino’s character — or lack thereof.

That said, Arkansas officials are to be commended for acting firmly and decisively this week to protect the integrity of their program and university.

“No single individual is bigger than the team, the Razorback football program of the University of Arkansas,” Long said.

That university, like its counterparts here and elsewhere, has as its role the raising of standards — educational and otherwise.

Maybe Bobby Petrino will finally learn a few lessons from this about swinish behavior. But don’t count on it.
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UGA Reader
April 14, 2012
Petrino should have never denied the fact that he had the female on the back of his Hog. He should have said he was giving her a ride home and kept his mouth shut. Or he could have said he Hog just happened to crash in that ditch and roll over on her. Denial grows suspicion!

Instead of the red panties in his lap, the red was spread all over his face.
April 13, 2012
Petrino has to work this out with his wife and family. He should be fired for his abuse of position and inappropriate use of his office. That has been done.

The hard part is for Ms Petrino to decide what is the best solution for her and the family. It is , basically, none of my business and while I despise Petrino's behavior, I hope that he and his wife can find an agreement that is best for both of them and the children.
reagan rules
April 13, 2012
When swinish behavior is outlawed, only outlaws will have swinish behavior!
Pigskin Pundit
April 12, 2012
Selfish, self-centered, egotistical individuals like Petrino never learn and really alter their behavior.

The sad thing is that some football obsessed organization or school will pick him up and then learn the hard way that some things never change.

I feel for the University of Arkansas and those people that trusted and believed in this guy.
Any employer
April 12, 2012
who expects character out of Petrino gets what they deserve.

Arkansas got hit by the same Karma train.
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