Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino is now on paid leave at the University of Arkansas, following Thursday's discovery that his motorcycle crash last weekend outside Fayetteville included another person travelling with Petrino, 25-year old Jessica Dorrell, a university employee recently hired by Petrino.
Check out the known timeline of events in this story over at SB Nation, which outlines Petrino's comments on Dorell's hiring March 28, just roughly a week before the incident.
While this story continues to develop, there are three events driving the narrative at the moment:
- Petrino hired Dorrell as a "student-athlete development coordinator" for the Razorback football team, with the announcement being made March 28
- Following the motorcycle accident on April 1, an official university release specifically stated: "Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals." Whether or not the university knew about Dorrell at the time is unclear
- Arkansas AD Jeff Long holds a press conference April 5 to announce Petrino is placed on administrative leave, and, in a statement, Petrino admits that he had covered up the existence of a relationship with Dorrell.
The issue at hand will be Petrino's truthfulness with Arkansas, and the extent of his relationships with a woman he also hired to work under his supervision.
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