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Bobby Petrino fired as Arkansas football coach after crash, scandal

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Bobby Petrino, left, and Jessica Dorrell, right (KFSM)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has fired Bobby Petrino, saying he “knowingly misled” and engaged in reckless behavior in a relationship with a female football employee half his age.

The 51-year-old Petrino was injured in an April 1 motorcycle accident. He was put on paid leave last week after admitting he lied about the presence of the 25-year-old employee, Jessica Dorrell, who had been riding with him.

Athletic director Jeff Long said Petrino misled him and gave Dorrell $20,000 at one point, though he said he couldn’t disclose what it was for.

He said Petrino was fired “with cause” — meaning he will not receive a multimillion-dollar buyout — and there were no discussions about ways to keep Petrino at Arkansas.

Source: Associated Press