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Arkansas fires Petrino

Bobby Petrino was fired for cause so he won’t collect on a multimillion-dollar buyout.

Associated Press

Bobby Petrino was fired for cause so he won’t collect on a multimillion-dollar buyout.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas fired coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday and dressed him down for hiring his mistress and intentionally misleading his boss about their secret relationship that was eventually revealed by her presence at a motorcycle accident that cost him his job.

At a news conference, athletic director Jeff Long laid out a list of misdeeds against the man he hired away from the Falcons four years ago.

They included ignoring multiple chances over the past 10 days to come clean about the relationship that had crossed the line from infidelity into workplace favoritism.

"Coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletic staff, both before and after the motorcycle accident," said Long, who fired Petrino by letter, per terms of his contract.

Petrino, a 51-year-old married father of four, maintained a relationship with Jessica Dorrell, 25, for a "significant" amount of time and had given her $20,000, Long said.

Petrino issued an apology, saying he was focused on trying to heal his family. "All I have been able to think about is the number of people I've let down by making selfish decisions," he said. "I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end of that relationship and in the aftermath of the accident. I accept full responsibility for what has happened."

Dorrell, a former Arkansas volleyball player, worked for the Razorbacks Foundation before she was hired March 28, four days before the accident.

"Coach Petrino abused his authority when over the past few weeks he made a staff decision and personal choices that benefited himself and jeopardized the integrity of the football program," Long said.

Long added that Petrino was fired "with cause" — meaning he will not receive his $18 million buyout — and there were no talks about ways to keep Petrino, who was 34-17 in four seasons.

UF posts FSU sweep

TALLAHASSEE — No. 4 Florida rallied from a three-run deficit to beat No. 1 FSU 6-3 and complete a three-game regular-season baseball sweep.

Florida (26-7) beat FSU (27-6) previously in Gainesville 9-2 and in Jacksonville 4-1.

The Gators had not taken all of the regular-season meetings since 1958 (two wins that year). It was also Florida's first-ever sweep of both FSU and Miami in the same year.

Freshman infielder Casey Turgeon, a Dunedin High grad, snapped a 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded single in the sixth.

Coach found dead: South Alabama associate head football coach Kurt Crain was found dead at his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities in Baldwin County said. An autopsy on the former Auburn linebacker, 47, will likely be performed today.

Staying, Going: Christian Watford and Cody Zeller, who helped turn Indiana basketball around, announced they would return next season, putting off the NBA and making the Hoosiers a Big Ten favorite. Duke forward Mason Plumlee said he will return for his senior year. Sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb, who led UConn in scoring (17.7), will enter the draft.

Arkansas fires Petrino 04/10/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:19am]
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