The University of Arkansas has announced this morning that Jessica Dorrell — the UA employee with whom Bobby Petrino shared an “inappropriate relationship” — has been suspended and placed on paid administrative leave.
Facing a possible sexual harassment suit from Dorrell, you can be sure that UA attorneys have done their homework on this matter before okaying her suspension. Petrino was suspended immediately after the story became public while Dorrell’s situation remained up in the air until today.
It will be interesting to see if UA has enough goods on Dorrell to sever ties with her permanently or if the school is forced into some sort of payoff to prevent her from filing a lawsuit against the school. After all, she could claim that Petrino — being in a position of power and representing the University of Arkansas — “forced” her into having a relationship with him.
Arkansas is swimming in some mighty murky waters on this one.