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HELENA, Mont. – Bobby Petrino, speaking for the first time since being fired in April by the

University of Arkansas following a motorcycle accident and subsequent revelation of an affair

with a woman who worked for him, said he wakes up each morning wondering why he did

what he did.

Breaking down several times during an interview with ESPN near his childhood home where

his parents still reside, Petrino opened up about the fallout from his relationship with a 25-

year-old former Arkansas athlete he hired into the football office.  The former coach was

emotional while discussing a conversation with his parents, Robert and Patricia. “How could

I put what we had in jeopardy?” Petrino said. “This is what I wake up early every morning

thinking about, what I lay in bed thinking about. Why?”  He added, with tears in his eyes, “I

just don’t understand how I could do it. You put energy into the people that love you, that

count on you.”  Petrino lost $21 million in potential earnings and what he called his “dream

job.” But worse, Petrino said, was having put the relationship with his wife and children in

jeopardy. The hardest moment, he said, was sitting down with his wife, Becky, and admitting

he had been unfaithful.  “Looking at the look in her eyes,” Petrino said. “How I could possibly

 do something like this, to hurt her? The anger. The feeling of, ‘How could you possibly do this

to me?’”  He then told his four children.  “It’s hard for them to understand how I could do this,

how I could hurt their mother,” he said.  Jessica Dorrell, the former volleyball player-turned-

football recruiting organizer who is half Petrino’s age, was on the back of that motorcycle, the

one Petrino put into a ditch alongside an Arkansas road. It was early on a Sunday evening in

April and Petrino lost control — of the bike and his life.  “I’ve gone over it a number of times

in my mind,” Petrino said. “How did I end up off the road? I’m still not exactly sure. I don’t

know how I ended up in that ditch.”  Petrino said that in the moments after the crash, he

knew his world would eventually come crashing down on him and that sooner or later he

would be forced to admit his sins.  “I had an affair,” Petrino said. “I cheated on my wife. I

knew there were consequences that were going to happen. I knew that I had this facing me.

That I had to tell my wife, I had to tell my boss.”  Petrino said that all along he intended to

tell his wife and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. Petrino said at first he was too injured

and incoherent to do so. He said he intended to tell them three days after the crash, but

Long sent Petrino a text that morning to say he was leaving town for a while.  Petrino said

he thought he would talk to the two Friday morning but that a police report listing Dorrell

as a passenger was released a day earlier than he had been told, forcing him to have a con-

versation with Long by phone. He also briefed his wife shortly before Dorrell’s name be-

came public.  “I really wanted to do it in the right order and in person, but the timeline just

got away,” he said.  Petrino said a university-issued statement that cited no other individuals

involved in the crash was crafted by the school after consultation with his agents.  “I had no-

thing to do with that statement,” he said.  On all other accounts, Petrino accepted responsi-

bility. For example, he did not dispute how wrong it was to recommend Dorrell be hired into

his office — over scores of other applicants — when they had been in a relationship.  “There is

no justification,” Petrino said. “There is no excuse for having her in the interview pool, hiring

her, having her on the back of the motorcycle. I look back on it and there is no good answer. I

 wasn’t thinking and I wasn’t acting correctly.  “That’s not how I was raised. That’s not how I

raised my children. I take responsibility for it and I am really sorry. I have played it over and

over in my head a million times. How could I do this? How could this happen? And not just

the hiring. Or that day. But my actions, my behavior — for months it was just wrong.”

Petrino said he and Becky are in counseling.

“I’m working hard to save my marriage,” he said. “I’m working one day at a time. I want to s

tay married. That’s my main priority right now. Making things right with my family.”

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Bobby Petrino will not return as head football coach at Arkansas.  The university

has called an 8:15 p.m. ET press conference at which time athletic director Jeff Long

will announce Petrino will not be back.  The 51-year-old Petrino was put on paid leave

last week after he didn’t tell his boss right away that a 25-year-old female football pro-

gram employee was riding with him during an April 1 motorcycle crash. Petrino, who

is married with four children, also admitted to an inappropriate relationship.  On Mon-

day, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press that

Petrino’s “previous inappropriate relationship” was with Dorrell, the former Arkansas

volleyball player with whom Petrino was riding with during his motorcycle crash on a

rural two-lane road southeast of Fayetteville.  Petrino was noticeably vague in the word-

ing about the relationship in his statement last Thursday, and the person spoke on the

condition of anonymity.  Long said in a late-night news conference Thursday that he

didn’t hear about the 25-year-old Dorrell until Petrino called him that afternoon, min-

utes before a police report was released that disclosed her presence at the accident.  Dor-

rell, was hired March 28 by Petrino as the student-athlete development coordinator after

serving as a fundraiser with the Razorback Foundation. She is in charge of organizing the

recruiting process for the football team, including initial eligibility for each incoming

player.  Petrino signed a new seven-year contract in December 2010 after completing his

third regular season at Arkansas. The contract, for an average of $3.53 million annually,

had a clause in it that would allow Arkansas to dismiss Petrino for “engaging in conduct,

as solely determined by the university, which is clearly contrary to the character and

responsibilities of a person occupying the position of head football coach or which nega-

tively or adversely affects the reputation of the (university’s) athletics programs in any

way.”  The police report said Petrino was riding with Dorrell when he lost control of his

motorcycle. Dorrell said in the report that she wasn’t sure what caused the accident, dur-

ing which Petrino was unable to maneuver a turn and laid the motorcycle down on its

left side while sliding off a rural, two-lane highway about 20 miles southeast of Fayette-

ville.  Petrino said in the report that wind and sun caused the accident. The police report

said Petrino and Dorrell were taken by a passer-by to an intersection in southeast Fayette-

ville, where Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King, who was often assigned to protect

Petrino, took the coach to the hospital.  The police report said Dorrell wasn’t taken to a

hospital, and that she was dropped off at her vehicle parked at the intersection. State police

spokesman Bill Sadler said Petrino didn’t try to hide Dorrell’s part in the accident when

questioned on Tuesday.  “Coach Petrino was as cooperative as anybody that we could ever

hope to encounter following the traffic crash,” Sadler said.  Petrino, who wasn’t wearing a

helmet, was hospitalized and had since returned to practice. The police report said he will

not be cited for the accident that occurred near the small town of Crosses on a road popu-

lar with motorcyclists.

My question is he gets fired but she gets to keep her job ???

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Turns out Bobby was creepin out on his wife with this 25 year old who was

just hired as an assistant to the football team…

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino crashed his motorcycle on Sunday, and although

he survived the near fatal accident; recent allegations about the his trifilin’ ways may

have him wishing otherwise.  According to the police report, which was published by

the Arkansas Times, Petrino was not alone on his bike as he and the university had

described. Arkansas released this statement after the accident:

Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved

no other individuals. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

Our family appreciates respect for our privacy during the recovery and we are grateful

for the thoughts of Razorback fans at this time.

According to the police report, 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell was on the back of Petrino’s

motorcycle at the time of the crash. As if this development wasn’t curious enough, Dor-

rell, a former volleyball player, just started her job working as the student-athlete coor-

dinator for the Arkansas football team a week ago. After being exposed for the low-down

dirty lyin’ Razorback, Petrino released this statement after being put on paid suspension:

“The state police report today provides an accurate description of my accident, which

includes details that had not publically come to light prior to the report being issued. I

regret that I have not publically 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 en-

tire 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 Director, the Razorback Nation and remain the head coach of the Razorbacks.”

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