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“I chose to do it in writing because that’s the terms of his contract,” he said.

Long declined comment when asked about Dorrell’s job status.

She was “at one point” engaged to Josh Morgan, the athletic department’s director of swimming and diving operations, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the details have not been disclosed. The person said Morgan was still employed at the university.

Petrino finishes his tenure at Arkansas with a 34-17 record in four seasons, leading the Razorbacks to a No. 5 final ranking last season and a Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. There was talk of Arkansas challenging the two powerhouses in the SEC West, national champion Alabama and national runner-up LSU.

And maybe the Hogs will. But they won’t do it with Petrino.

The beginning of the end came on Sunday, April 1, which Petrino at first described as a day spent with his wife at an area lake.

Instead, he and Dorrell went for an evening ride and skidded off the road in an accident left him with four broken ribs, a cracked vertebra in his neck and numerous abrasions on his face. The avid motorcycle rider said the sun and wind caused him to lose control on the two-lane highway about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville.

What he failed to mention, both at a news conference two days later and to Long for two more days, was the presence of Dorrell other than a vague reference to “a lady” who had flagged down a passing motorist.

That changed when the state police released the accident report. Petrino, tipped off by the state trooper who usually provides security for him during the season, informed Long of Dorrell’s presence 20 minutes before police released the report to the public and admitted to what he called a previous inappropriate relationship with Dorrell.

Long placed Petrino on paid leave that night, saying he was disappointed and promising to review the coach’s conduct.

As the review continued, state police released audio of the 911 call reporting Petrino’s accident. It revealed Petrino didn’t want to call police following the crash, and a subsequent police report showed he asked if he was required to give the name of the passenger during the accident.

Petrino was forthcoming about Dorrell’s name and presence with police, but only after misleading both Long and the public during his news conference. The school even released a statement from Petrino’s family the day after the accident that said “no other individuals” were involved.

That wasn’t true and the broken trust, along with questions about Dorrell’s hiring to be the school’s student-athlete development coordinator, proved to be too much for Petrino to overcome.

“Our expectations of character and integrity in our employees can be no less than what we expect of our students,” Long said. “No single individual is bigger than the team, the Razorback football program of the University of Arkansas.”

Petrino took the school to its first BCS bowl game following the 2010 season, losing in the Sugar Bowl to Ohio State, and improved his win total in every year. Arkansas was 5-7 his first season in 2008, 8-5 the second before finishing 10-3 and 11-2 during his last two seasons.

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