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Petrino out in Arkansas

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As the saying goes, no matter how bad things get, there’s always someone who has it worse.  Saints coach Sean Payton may be thinking about that right now, given that former Falcons coach Bobby Petrino reportedly has been fired by the folks at Arkansas.

Petrino’s world came crashing down after a motorcycle crash gone bad (as if any motorcycle crash ever goes well).  He lied about being alone on the bike, and as it turned out he was with a former Arkansas volleyball player who had just become an employee of the school — and with whom he admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship.”

It’s refreshing to see the folks at Arkansas look past the fact that Petrino was successful.  In plenty of similar cases, an excuse gets made for someone who is a valued employee, and an example is made of someone who isn’t.

In 2007, the former Falcons coach drew the ire of all-time good guy Warrick Dunn by quitting during his only season in Atlanta, with Dunn calling Petrino a “coward” and “classless.”

At only 51, Petrino likely will find another job, somewhere.  It’s fairly safe to say he won’t be applying for the interim head-coaching job in New Orleans.

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  1. j0esixpack says: Apr 10, 2012 7:56 PM

    Why rule out the Saints? A short term coaching gig matches perfectly with his experience.

  2. joetoronto says: Apr 10, 2012 7:57 PM

    It serves the POS right.

  3. benmci says: Apr 10, 2012 7:57 PM

    Instant Karma…………..by John Lennon
    OR
    What goes around comes around
    AND
    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person

  4. trojan33sc says: Apr 10, 2012 8:00 PM

    BOOM ! Toast, Done and don’t let the door hit you on the way out !!!!!!!!!!!!! Karma is a byatch !

  5. bedmanokc says: Apr 10, 2012 8:00 PM

    Where are all 0f the Pig fans at crying about a conspiracy against their team? Like the Saints boo hooers

  6. duece5 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:03 PM

    PIGSOOOOOOEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

  7. billymc75 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:03 PM

    So it’s ok to fire a guy over cheating on his wife and leave his players and recruits hanging, but heaven forbid he up and quit leaving them hanging. Cause who you sleep with makes u a better coach right.

  8. mistrezzrachael says: Apr 10, 2012 8:04 PM

    Good college HC…but a really bad person…real idiot. Hoping he rots.

    The girl with him…is she blind or what?????

  9. abninf says: Apr 10, 2012 8:06 PM

    Woo Pig Sooie

  10. zonairon says: Apr 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    How long till “Fraud Graham” leaves ASU for his dream job at Arkansas? High Octane Baby!!!

  11. rushbacker says: Apr 10, 2012 8:10 PM

    Why in the world would anyone ever hire the bum again? He’s overrated as a coach, AND a complete scumbag. Nice combination. I knew as soon as he scrapped the zone-blocking scheme in Atlanta that he was in way over his head trying to coach at the big boy level.

  12. thegonz13 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:10 PM

    I wonder what MRS. Petrino’s reaction will be…

  13. joegibbsisking says: Apr 10, 2012 8:11 PM

    Dear Bobby,

    Boom, Roasted!

    Signed,

    The 2007 Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank, the city of Louisville and your wife.

  14. rob0527 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:11 PM

    Shocking move considering they were 11-2 last year. Don’t think the boosters will like this move. Don’t forget they r in the middle of building a state of the art facility. Hope they can find another coach that will be able to contend in the SEC.

  15. noeffinway says: Apr 10, 2012 8:12 PM

    bedmanokc says: Apr 10, 2012 8:00 PM

    Where are all 0f the Pig fans at crying about a conspiracy against their team? Like the Saints boo hooers
    ————————–

    prolly over on the college football blog looking for this story………..you know , the place it belongs.

  16. suite34 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:13 PM

    Petrino doesn’t have to answer to me or you; he’ll answer to his wife, kids, family and maker. University athletic directors, presidents, and boosters taking the moral high road is a joke. They have no moral conflict in making hundreds of millions of dollars on the backs of mostly poor and minority students, who receive nothing but a fake education, and yet they’ll wag their crooked fingers at a coach for an affair.

  17. autumnwind999 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:14 PM

    Sounds like a personal matter.

    Don’t get the uproar, personally. Arkansas could’ve swept this away and everyone would’ve moved on. It’s not like Petrino is the first public figure to have an affair.

    Should’ve gone the Bill O’Reilly route with that whole falafel incident and just told everyone they’re not allowed to talk about it. Guy was promoting family values books for kids a week later.

  18. nineroutsider says: Apr 10, 2012 8:14 PM

    Everyone already hit on it, but Karma is a ____!!!

    Eventually it gets you and boy it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I don’t like to tear people down, but guys like him and Williams deserve whatever they get.

  19. amgdds says: Apr 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    Didn’t think the AD had the cojones to fire him. New Arkansas fan

  20. chawk12thman says: Apr 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    Failing to tell the employer that who you were with during an off-duty accident gets you fired. Lying to your employer and League when caught cheating on-duty in the NFL gets you from a 6 game suspension to year suspension. Not by the employer but by the League, no less.

    Don’t you all wish that the NFL teams held their employees to this same standard?

  21. pacificamjr says: Apr 10, 2012 8:15 PM

    most of the people that are kicking this guy when he’s down wont make as much in their entire lifetimes as Bobby did in the his 5 years at Arkansas

  22. lv00799 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:16 PM

    3.9 Million per year coaching job History
    New Girlfriend History
    Wife History
    4 kids History

    Nice going Bobby.

  23. jacobslatter says: Apr 10, 2012 8:17 PM

    I never thought I’d hear/see “Bobby Petrino” and “sex scandal” in the same sentence.

  24. doe22us says: Apr 10, 2012 8:17 PM

    That was one costly ride, literally and figuratively.

  25. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:18 PM

    “With Dunn calling Petrino a “coward” and “classless.”

    Some things just NEVER change…………………………………

  26. dietrich43 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:18 PM

    I wouldn’t expect any sympathy from Georgia!

  27. muir6 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:20 PM

    No Billy but if u hire her and lie to your boss you get fired.

  28. nepo784 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:20 PM

    LOL!!!!

  29. duanethomas says: Apr 10, 2012 8:20 PM

    It was the cover up not the crime. I don’t see the issue with hiring Jessica Dorrel at 55K a year, she has a masters. I would like to see what the posters on her would do at age 50 if a 6ft blonde wrapped her legs around you. Petrino broke no laws and coaches have do worse. From what I’ve heard he had an open marriage and she had broken off her engagement 2 days before he hired her.

  30. jwayne111 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:23 PM

    As a Falcons fan, I would say his resume takes another hit…beginning to over shadow whatever has become of his coaching abilities. The victims of course, are the family. What a shame.

  31. heygfy says: Apr 10, 2012 8:31 PM

    “as if any motorcycle crash goes well”

    haha nice Florio. Hey Petrino – gfy

  32. gdive says: Apr 10, 2012 8:31 PM

    Petrino got what he deserved…but I do feel sorry for his staff and their families. They’re probably going to suffer because of his poor decisions.

  33. fdugrad says: Apr 10, 2012 8:32 PM

    One of the all-time miserable people—not just in sport, of the human race. What of his good wife and children? Of course, some school will make a deal with this PRINCE OF DARKNESS, as he clearly knows how to coach football. In this world, results are results, right Louisville?!

  34. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 8:37 PM

    Bobby had an inappropriate relationship with a volleyball player. What was the guy’s name?

  35. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 8:40 PM

    Bobby’s flame had recently become an employee of the university. When he slipped her 500 bucks for services rendered.

  36. durno99 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:41 PM

    More class than the Saints!!!! They fired their coach!!!!!

  37. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Apr 10, 2012 8:41 PM

    At least his “inappropriate” relationship is with someone who is of the opposite sex and old enough to drink. Isn’t that the best kind of “inappropriate” relationship?

  38. melikefootball says: Apr 10, 2012 8:41 PM

    I wonder if the young lady wore a Atlanta Falcons jersey?

  39. aequitas83 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    @billymc75 – I’m fairly certain he was fired for lying to his boss and the public about (1) the existence of another employee in the accident, (2) the nature of his relationship with said employee, and (3) the hiring process of this employee.

    I’m not saying having an affair wasn’t a factor, but I’m pretty most bosses would fire the employee in question for similar actions. I know I would fire an employee who I know mislead/lied to me in a heartbeat.

  40. steviekthr3e says: Apr 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    Slowly movin down the ranks. I think he officially banned himself from the NFL fraternity from his midseason walk-out. Thats just pathetic. You dont get contracted to build a house and walk away after the garage is put up.

  41. dfalcon3522 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:43 PM

    Hahahaha serves him right! Classless, lying POS. KARMA!!!

  42. nunpuncher says: Apr 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    Petrino…Thanks for quiting on The Falcons when you did because the very next game game at Raymond James Stadium Michael Spurlock ran back the kickoff for the 1st Buccaneer return TD EVER! Priceless!…much like a motorcycle helmet.

  43. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    Hubris.

    Is a mean bitch.

    Some people have a hard time understanding that.

    And always will.

  44. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 10, 2012 8:46 PM

    “Motorcycle crash gone bad…”

    Classic…. Made me laugh…

  45. raidadon says: Apr 10, 2012 8:48 PM

    What’s up wit the morality police? Would it been ok if she were his sister? It is Arkansas after all.

  46. trojanwarrior007 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:51 PM

    he’ll get another job. too talented of a coach. maybe not a head coaching gig but an QB Coach/OC.

  47. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 8:54 PM

    “C’mon baby, squeal like a Razorback!”.

  48. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    It was an inappropriate relationship, but the woman was ignorant of Arkansas’ bestiality laws.

  49. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 8:58 PM

    Girl didn’t know he was the coach. She thought he was “just the cutest little mascot” she’d seen.

  50. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 10, 2012 9:03 PM

    Behold the power of bad publicity. If the story hadn’t gone viral but was contained to just a day or two in the news, they would only have given him a token punishment – maybe a fine and an ethics class at most.

  51. mqcarpenter says: Apr 10, 2012 9:05 PM

    I am tired of the inappropriate relationship shtick. Who cares who people have sex with? So what if he rode a bike with her? Is she not an adult? All I care about is if the guy can do his job. All this other stuff is fluff.

  52. myleathasosoft says: Apr 10, 2012 9:06 PM

    LOL Petrino picture is priceless! I look at the picture like man! “Was she worth it Bobby?” LOL smh…However, I do hope that he make a speedy recover from his injuries. “I know it’s going to make em’ mad, but I gotta do it!…ROLL DAMN TIDE”

  53. rajbais says: Apr 10, 2012 9:10 PM

    Jackass!!!

  54. choochoorider says: Apr 10, 2012 9:10 PM

    Hey Trojan!!! If only u could fit in one!! Xxx small plz

  55. rollerino1 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:11 PM

    Don’t feel too bad for ol’ Bobby. He is probably on a chartered jet to Knoxville as we speak…..

  56. choochoorider says: Apr 10, 2012 9:12 PM

    Hey raidadon. Your sis says hello!!! From the back of a hog!! Mine!!!!!

  57. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    The woman on the motorcycle was ticketed at the scene of the crash. “Sorry, m’am but ye’ cain’t let yer hog drive the Harley.”.

  58. choochoorider says: Apr 10, 2012 9:18 PM

    Babyhorsemorgan…u sound like u have experience!!!

  59. choochoorider says: Apr 10, 2012 9:19 PM

    Hence the name

  60. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 9:21 PM

    Bobby was smitten when the lady threatened to “spike your balls with a kill shot.”.

  61. borisbulldog says: Apr 10, 2012 9:27 PM

    most of the people that are kicking this guy when he’s down wont make as much in their entire lifetimes as Bobby did in the his 5 years at Arkansas

    ———————————————————-

    Since he’s only been coaching four seasons, we need to be kicking you!

  62. garyman1 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:27 PM

    I always couldn’t stand that guy since he QUIT on his team in Atlanta and ran away. This firing couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  63. shempnet says: Apr 10, 2012 9:37 PM

    Boy…can’t say his actions should surprise anyone. You are what you do, and it seems like all he does as act like a no-good turd.

  64. rabbdogg says: Apr 10, 2012 9:40 PM

    what does this have to do with sean payton or the saints..oh yeah thats right..u a hater..

  65. xmgmx says: Apr 10, 2012 9:46 PM

    Made my week, now if Saban could get fired for something, it would make my year! :)

  66. Bearfan54 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:50 PM

    Word of advice: If your having an affair and you want to take your mistress for a motorcycle ride at least know how to ride a motorcycle.

  67. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 10, 2012 9:57 PM

    Between this and Rick Santorum….it really is a great day for butthole comeuppance.

    We need more days like this to restore faith in humanity.

  68. usuallysneeringatyou says: Apr 10, 2012 9:58 PM

    “In plenty of similar cases, an excuse gets made for someone who is a valued employee, …”
    Ah.
    Like Joe Paterno.
    And before him…Jerry Sandusky.

  69. joewilliesshnoz says: Apr 10, 2012 10:00 PM

    Wonder if she’ll still like biker dudes …

  70. rajbais says: Apr 10, 2012 10:22 PM

    I will be happy when his next employer will be sorry!!!!!

    Petrino = liar, idiot, weasel, paycheck stealer!!!!!

  71. seanx40 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:27 PM

    It’s not the crime. It is the cover up. Why doesn’t anyone ever learn that?

    And how does anyone think that putting your bimbo on the payroll is acceptable in this age? How can you be that arrogant?

  72. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 10:31 PM

    If little Bobby goes to jail and gives a Razorback battle call, it will make all the inmates immediately erect.

  73. docboss says: Apr 10, 2012 10:31 PM

    Future head coach, University of Miami, New Orleans Saints. Weasel.

  74. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 10, 2012 10:41 PM

    Well, I mean if you were his age would you pass up that tail? Let’s be honest here.

  75. mannyicey says: Apr 10, 2012 10:42 PM

    Man, I still remember when he quit. I remember that he told Arthur Blank that he wasn’t interviewing. He had the game, left and went home. Players normally aren’t in the locker room on Tuesday, so he waited to get his things, give Arthur Blank his resignation and hung a “Dear John” letter to the players in their lockers. That was early afternoon.

    Then, he was on the first thing smoking, signed with Arkansas and was “Pig-sooiiee-ing” with some cheerleaders at the podium by 11PM that same day. Tuesday. And Warrick Dunn, someone who gives away a house to single mothers every year and allowed for some strangers to live in his personal home during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina… called him a coward.

    After all that, this news is sweet.

  76. seachicken64 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:46 PM

    Sounds like a menage-a-hog.

  77. phillyphil005 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:52 PM

    Giving up all he had for some 26 year old, average poon?

    Fail, Bobby.

  78. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 10:52 PM

    Maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to ridicule old Dumb Bob. By Arkansas standards he is probably tall, dark, and handsome.

  79. ibreathefootball says: Apr 10, 2012 10:56 PM

    Petrino told my friend to tell NFL front offices at the combine that they had a good relationship (which they didn’t). Petrino went behind his word saying that he was a bad person and a punk. Not going to sell this was well deserved, but it has karma written all of it.

  80. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 11:03 PM

    Brain teaser – “How many years ago was Coach Dum’ Bob exactly twice the age of the silly twit on the back of his bike?”.

  81. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 10, 2012 11:07 PM

    Unfortunately, when Boss Hog told the young lady “It’s time to take off the training wheels.”, she thought he was talking about the motorcycle.

  82. gooboy6 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:07 PM

    The luckiest guy in this deal is Jessica Dorrels fiancé. He hit lottery and got a crystal ball handed to him. He can dump that tramp and get on with his life

  83. Deb says: Apr 11, 2012 12:03 AM

    billymc75 says:

    So it’s ok to fire a guy over cheating on his wife and leave his players and recruits hanging, but heaven forbid he up and quit leaving them hanging. Cause who you sleep with makes u a better coach right.
    ————————————————-
    No, but when you ignore 160 other applicants and hire your mistress to run a key aspect of your recruiting department, does that make you a better coach? Recruiting is everything in college football and it’s the area most likely to get your program sanctioned if something falls through the cracks. Don’t mess where you eat, dude.

  84. Deb says: Apr 11, 2012 12:06 AM

    duanethomas says:

    From what I’ve heard he had an open marriage and she had broken off her engagement 2 days before he hired her.
    ————————————————
    Oh, he had an open marriage? Gee, how many times have I heard that one? Did anyone tell his wife?

  85. sweetzinger says: Apr 11, 2012 12:28 AM

    Honestly, that picture looks like a promo poster for the next National Lampoons movie.

  86. freedomispopular says: Apr 11, 2012 12:35 AM

    He’d be perfect as the Saints’ interim coach. He could quit halfway through the season just in time for Vitt to take over.

  87. grannyvi4 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:20 AM

    j0esixpack says:Apr 10, 2012 7:56 PM

    Why rule out the Saints? A short term coaching gig matches perfectly with his experience
    =================
    Plus, with the Saints’ whole “cheating” culture, he’d definitely fit right in.

  88. briang123 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 AM

    She ain’t that pretty, but she ain’t that bad either. I don’t blame the guy for taking care of business with that broad, given he was twice her age.

  89. darnquixote says: Apr 11, 2012 3:37 AM

    Bobby obviously had never heard the old expression “The f’n you’re gettin’ ain’t always worth the f’n you’re gonna get”…

  90. lilb360 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:57 AM

    pacificamjr says:
    Apr 10, 2012 8:15 PM
    most of the people that are kicking this guy when he’s down wont make as much in their entire lifetimes as Bobby did in the his 5 years at Arkansas

     4 25 

    Maybe not tool, but tell me how it worked out for Tiger when he went out of bounds on his wife, and I’m quite certain Woods has made a truckload more money than Pudtrino. You’re a backwoods goat roping razorback fan ain’t ya boy? Well if you love “Bobby sooooooo much, maybe you should be on the back of his bike, riding into the sunset, and then maybe the two of you can go scissor on that pile of money you both allegedly have.

  91. mmcdan133 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:49 AM

    I live in Missouri. I’ve watched Gary Pinkel get a DUI with 3 people in the car and get suspended one game. Petrino has a consensual affair with a co-worker and gets fired. I’m sorry, but our priorities are messed up. Petrino’s actions, at worst, were self destructive.

    From my angle, a man can’t lose his job because you morally object to his lifestyle away from work. That’s a very slippery slope. After all, it’s his life, and away from the job he should have the freedom to live it as he sees fit.

  92. wicky888 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:01 AM

    Tough day for Petrino. Messed up his bike, his career, his dignity, his lady and his family in one shot. Personally I dont see what the big deal is, the girl is an adult. On the other hand I hate Petrino and this story makes me smile every time I read it.

  93. jgedgar70 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:10 AM

    This is great news. I’m an Auburn fan, and I’ve hated Petrino ever since he tried to take Tuberville’s job. Walking out on the Falcons made him even worse, and this makes him an all-time bad guy. So glad he got canned.

  94. alewatcher says: Apr 11, 2012 7:30 AM

    I love this quote from SI about Petrino’s hiring:

    “Today’s announcement is the culmination of a comprehensive search process which was intended to identify a leader for our football program that would serve our student-athletes and fans with class and dignity.”
    — Jeff Long, Dec. 11, 2007

    ——————-
    This is probably the first (and last) time the words “class” and “dignity” are used in a sentence about Petrino. (Unless they are preceded by the words “lack of”.)

  95. Christian says: Apr 11, 2012 8:01 AM

    duanethomas says:
    Apr 10, 2012 8:20 PM
    It was the cover up not the crime. I don’t see the issue with hiring Jessica Dorrel at 55K a year, she has a masters. I would like to see what the posters on her would do at age 50 if a 6ft blonde wrapped her legs around you. Petrino broke no laws and coaches have do worse. From what I’ve heard he had an open marriage and she had broken off her engagement 2 days before he hired her.

    —–

    Yes, it WAS most likely the cover up that did him in, but what was Jessica Dorrel’s job, exactly? She had a position created for her that required her to do, as a practical matter, nothing. So does she have a masters degree in nothing? So do I.

  96. abninf says: Apr 11, 2012 9:09 AM

    The volleyball player will be in a Playboy issue in a few months.

  97. muir6 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:11 AM

    How shocking that you have two first names, from what I heard your a puts

  98. muir6 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:16 AM

    How shocking you have two first names

  99. blackdonnelly says: Apr 11, 2012 9:24 AM

    The swine……

  100. prestonsc says: Apr 11, 2012 11:13 AM

    Guess he can take the neck brace off now.

  101. realfootballfan says: Apr 11, 2012 12:03 PM

    Jeff Long is n idiot. He just ensured that he’ll be unemployed shortly himself. I was surprised petrino even stayed there as long as he did. penn State is covering up child molestors and the allegations that came out on urban Meyer the other day make a guy hitting a 20 something year old volleyball girl and getting her a low paying job in administration afterward look like child’s play.

    Hardly a firable offense, no matter how the moralists try to spin it. Look at Louisville’s Rick Pitino for parallels, don’t think the world ended there because he was “morally” wrong, whatever that means these days.

    Like someone up top said, the hypocritical administrators in college football hardly have room to be criticizing anyone. They were lucky that Petrino even took the job in the first place before they were able to lure their apparent first choice, the great Lane Kiffin from the Raiders, so I don’t think the brain trust in Arkansas is all that sharp to begin with. Petrino is not just a good coach, he’s a great coach, certainly the best the Razorbacks could have ever done.

    And for anyone criticizing him for bailing on the Falcons early that year, do you remember the disaster that season became when Michael Vick WENT To JAIL? If he didn’t get fired at the end of the season, he was going to get it shortly afterward the next year because the franchise was in shambles and would have brought in Dimitroff anyway who would have eventually replaced him with his own guy.

    He was simply looking out for himself and his family instead of waiting around like most of these dummies to be fired, although the circumstances changed dramatically right after he took the Falcon job, which more than justified his actions to me.

    So give me a break with the, “karma” angle. Only thing he did wrong was not tell his assistants before he left. You Falcon fans ought to be loving him and his brother for saving your first round receiver, Roddy White, from being a bust because they were the ones who taught him how to play wide receiver in the NFL, something he readily admits.

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