Petrino Out at Arkansas
Bobby Petrino is out as Arkansas’ football coach.
Director of Athletics Jeff Long announced the decision Tuesday night to terminate Petrino’s contract effective immediately after a five-day review of Petrino’s April 1 motorcycle accident and the revelation that Petrino withheld information about a 25-year old female passenger to protect from a “inappropriate relationship” becoming known.
“The process and circumstances that led him to hire her (Dorrell),” Long said. “and that coach Petrino knowingly misled the UA in findings about the accident. That constitutes a violation of university rules.”
Petrino was hired as the Razorbacks’ head coach on December 11, 2007 and was entering his fifth-season with the Hogs.
The 51-year-old coach went 34-17 in his four seasons at Arkansas and led the Razorbacks to a 2-1 bowl record and the program’s first BCS bowl game.
In his last two seasons, Petrino guided the Hogs to a 21-5 record, the first back-to-back double-digit win seasons since 1964-1965.
“Coach Petrino abused his authority over the past few weeks and jeopardized the football program,” Long said.