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Jessica Dorrell Scandal: Bobby Petrino Getting Plenty of Support from Arkansas Fans [Video]

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The scandal surrounding Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and his 25-year-old employee Jessica Dorell has divided Razorbacks fans, with many supporting the embattled Arkansas coach.

Petrino, who has been extremely successful at Arkansas over the last two years with a 21-5 record, was put on paid leave last Thursday after the married 51-year-old father of four admitted that he failed to disclose he had been riding with a female employee half his age when his motorcycle skidded off a road.

Petrino initially told reporters and Long that he was riding his motorcycle solo when he crashed resulting in broken ribs and cracked vertebrae. But the police report released on Thursday showed that Dorrell, a former volleyball player at the school, was riding on the back of the motorcycle at the time of the crash.

“I expect to move very expeditiously in my review of this personnel matter and hope to have a resolution soon,” athletic director Jeff Long said, adding that he did not know yet if Jessica Dorrell would also be suspended from her position at the university.

ESPN writes that on Monday, more than 200 Petrino supporters attended a planned rally to influence Long’s decision in favor of keeping Petrino in front of Broyles Complex at the University of Arkansas.

Matt Couch, one of the organizers of the rally, said he graduated from the school and is a football booster, admitting the group would “probably not” have come together had Petrino had less success last season — when the Razorbacks finished 11-2 and ranked No. 5.

“We’re not condoning what he did morally,” Couch said. “We are disappointed in him, but he’s still our football coach and no one’s perfect.

“… I wouldn’t ask him for marriage counseling, but at the same time we’re supportive of him and we want him to do well.”

More on the rally for Bobby Petrino in the video below:

In light of the Jessica Dorrell scandal, do you think Arkansas should keep Petrino on as head coach of the Razorbacks?
via ESPN

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10 Responses to “Jessica Dorrell Scandal: Bobby Petrino Getting Plenty of Support from Arkansas Fans [Video]”

  1. Tim Lucas

    Do you not expect the players to play by the rules? Is the coach not the example? I guess he won't be coaching here in Arkansas. I think at this moment coaching is the least of his worries.

  2. Jennifer Endris

    arkansas knew bobby petrino was no saint……then act surprised when he has moral issues? hypocrites! I guess no one in the arkansas athletic department and administration has never had moral dilemmas in their lives? Riiiiiiiiiight!

  3. Anonymous

    "Not condoning"? Actually, you are condoning immoral behavior. You really could care less about morals as long as your team "wins". You don't care about his wife, his kids, the woman's fiance or any other aspect of these peoples lives except for how it effects football.

  4. Anonymous

    Everyone has moral "dilemmas", but that's all they are … until you choose which path you take to address the question. THAT is what determines a person's morality or immorality.

  5. Jennifer Endris

    I would say this to you……….romans 2:1…..you, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself because you who pass judgement do the same. mathew 18:21-22…which basically peter asks…….how many times should I forgive…..seven times? the lord says no……seventy-seven times…….it would have said so much more to everyone to forgive and hold him to a much higher "moral" standard…..than cutting him loose. so many people will lose their jobs…devastating…..he is a part of that as well, but, so is jeff long…..bobby petrino's wife, kids, family's relationship is between him and them and NO ONE else……..and I care very much about winning in football……with my LOUISVILLE CARDINALS and our COach CHARLIE STRONG!