Ugly situation at ARK. It took a motorcycle accident to expose Petrino's failing as a husband. Also he opened up Ark to a major sexual harassment lawsuit. The $20,000 seems like hush money to keep that from happening.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced Tuesday night that former coach Bobby Petrino had given a $20,000 gift to Jessica Dorrell.
Some “gift,” many thought. It turns out Dorrell used that $20,000 to purchase a black Acura.
That information was included in Long’s termination letter to Petrino, details of which were released on Friday. Long wrote to Petrino:
“Your conduct and actions in this matter have generated voluminous negative media stories and opinions, within Arkansas and nationally, that have harmed the reputation of the University of Arkansas and our athletic programs. We are now faced with the task of restoring the reputation of our institution and our athletics programs that many individuals and teams have worked hard to build over the years.”
Meanwhile, Arkansas must figure out how to handle Dorrell’s employment status while she remains on paid administrative leave. That’s all while Ms. Dorrell decides her next step and possible action toward the University of Arkansas.