Bobby Petrino's Wild Scandalous 'Ride' With Jessica Dorrell Gets Him Fired

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Bobby PetrinoWell, I hope that wild and reckless "ride" with sexy 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell a few nights ago was worth it, Bobby Petrino -- cause wow, not only did you suffer four broken ribs and a cracked vertebra, but Arkansas just totally fired you! That's right. No more coaching football at Arkansas for Petrino. Goodbye to the $24.92 million he was set to earn during his 7-year contract. Sayonara to all the hard work of taking his teams to 21-5 over the last two seasons. And don't even kid yourselves about a multimillion-dollar buyout? Oh no, Petrino will not see one cent.

A harsh punishment for a little old affair? Maybe, maybe not. The scandal is getting gnarlier by the minute. You see, all told, it wasn't simply one night of indiscretion with an employee by a married father of four and grandfather to two. It was one lie that snowballed into another and another -- surpassing his personal life and permeating his professional life as well.

Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long says Coach Petrino "knowingly misled" the university for a some time. He not only unfairly helped get his mistress hired on at the university, but he continued an inappropriate relationship with her without letting on. It sounds like he even gave her $20K at one point for who knows what (wink, wink). Then that fateful night of April Fools' Eve, the two took a tumble on Petrino's motorcycle and then the lies snowballed into a mess that cost Petrino his job (no word yet on whether Dorrell lost her job, too).

It's hard to say if the punishment is too harsh. I mean, Petrino is already stricken with physical injuries, serious blows to the ego and the reputation, and no doubt emotional, marital, and familial woes in the aftermath of his own destructive behaviors. In the statement Petrino released after the firing, he said:

All I have been able to think about is the number of people I've let down by making selfish decisions. I've taken a lot of criticism in the past. Some deserved, some not deserved. This time, I have no one to blame by myself.

However, now he can add professional and financial catastrophe into the mix -- and for what? I mean, I'm sure Dorrell is a nice (or whatever) woman and all, but um, is any woman-on-the-side really worth this kind of spontaneous life combustion?

I have to say I'm pretty impressed with Arkansas for drawing a crystal clear boundary on this sort of thing. Don't ... eff ... with ... Arkansas! It definitely sends a bold message about what can happen if you let your ugly personal indiscretions bleed into the workplace. Just don't do it, fellas (or ladies) -- because what may feel like the "ride of your life" may just lead to your ultimate "crash and burn."

Do you think Coach Petrino got what was coming to him? Or is this punishment too harsh?

Image via Arkansas Razorbacks

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  • If you act like an idiot long enough life is bound to finally kick you in the ass, just ask Petrino. It has taken Karma long enough to catch up, but what a show it put on when it arrived! Good call Jeff Long. Very good call!

Bulle... Bullet_Proof_Me

Since it turned out that he acted inappropriatly during her hiring process, I have no problem with it. If it had just been an affair, I think it woul have blown over and he would have been accountable to his family only. However, he had an affair with a UofA employee and then hired her in to a big promotion. Since that could have affected how other staff members were treated or felt, the punishment was just. I know we (Arkansas fans) were looking forward to next year and hoped that his affair wouldn't lead to more bad information, it did and now we all have to move on.

jkm89 jkm89

Eh, if the affair was strictly related to only his personal life, I'd say no, he didn't deserve to be fired. Because then you could get fired for doing anything your employer doesn't like, it'd be opening Pandora's box.

Getting your mistress a job at your place of employment goes out of personal life territory and into work life territory and it then becomes other peoples business. What a dummy, I feel horrible for his family.


JKM89, let's also not forget that he lied to the University and, by doing so, brought embarrassment upon the U of A for allowing them to repeat those lies to the public. Add to that the fact that he asked the state trooper to lie in his report by omitting the fact that there was another person with him and this begins to snowball into a complete mess that questions the morals & intentions of others, as well as himself. 

Let's also not forget the reputation he already had when he came to the U of A. He had already racked up a laundry list of questionable behavior before he ever stepped foot in Arkansas. Karmic debt gets really expensive when you continue to run your life like you are above any responsibility for the damage you cause in your wake. 

LadyRabbit White

why fire him but not brett fauve. I dont understand how they choose to do these things. Fauves wife was dying and he harassed a woman and nothing really happened.

Polly... PollyCShafer

I'm from Arkansas and I know how much everyone is upset. We were poised to win a national title under Petrino and goes and does this. I think everyone could have eventually gotten past his stupid personal decision to have an affair but we understand that legally, the U of A had no choice but to fire him when they found out about the job hiring, etc... It could be seen as sexual harassment and that can lead to all sorts of law suits.

Tawny Clark

Bill Clinton did the same shit and nothing was done to HIM!

nonmember avatar rgoltn

Hypergamy at its very best. Pretty, young 25 year old engaged to pretty-boy can't help herself when it comes to the older, "alpha male" Petrino. He has status, money, power and strength. She could not help herself. So very funny.

KenneMaw KenneMaw

He deserved to lose his job.   He is NOT a man of trust and integrity, which are integral when trying to convince parents to trust with him with their son's future.   He lied about the accident.  He lied about the affair.  He pulled strings to get her hired - i heard this morning that it typically takes about 6 weeks for the school to make a job offer, she got her job offer in 6 DAYS.    The school cannot be responsible for such a loose cannon.  I am sorry the fans and alumni of UofA have to deal with this, but it is the right thing to do for the school overall.

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