The University of Arkansas fired coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday, publicly dressing him down for unfairly hiring his mistress and intentionally misleading his boss about everything from their relationship to her presence at the April 1 motorcycle accident that ultimately cost him his job.
Petrino, a 51-year-old married father of four, had maintained an inappropriate relationship with 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell for a "significant" amount of time and at one point had given her $20,000, Razorback Jeff Long said. Long wouldn't disclose details of the payment, but he said both parties confirmed the "gift."
Dorrell, a former Arkansas volleyball player, worked for the Razorbacks Foundation before Petrino hired her March 28. Long said Dorrell was one of three finalists out of 159 applicants and got the job after a time frame that he said was "shorter than our normal affirmative action hiring process."