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

Long declined to comment when asked about Dorrell’s job status. She was hired as the student-athlete development coordinator for Arkansas football, paid $55,735 annually to organize on-campus recruiting visits for the team and assist with initial eligibility for each incoming player

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 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. With quarterback Tyler Wilson, running back Knile Davis and others coming back, there is 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 April 1, which Petrino at first described as a Sunday 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 that left him with four broken ribs, a cracked vertebra in his neck and abrasions on his face. The avid motorcycle rider said the sun and wind caused him to lose control.

What he failed to mention, 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 20 minutes before the report was released, and he admitted to what he called a previous inappropriate relationship with Dorrell. Long put him on paid leave.

It didn’t get any better for Petrino. Audio of the 911 call reporting the accident revealed he and Dorrell didn’t want to police called 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 investigators, 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.

The deception and the way Dorrell was hired were too much for Long.

“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.”

The coach’s tenure with the Razorbacks began under a cloud of second-guessing following his abrupt departure from Atlanta 13 games into the 2007 season.

Petrino left farewell notes in the lockers of the Atlanta players rather than telling them of his resignation in person. He was introduced later that night as the new coach of the Razorbacks, carrying with him a vagabond image after holding 15 jobs for 11 different programs/organizations in 24 seasons. He infamously met with Auburn officials in 2003 to talk about taking the Tigers’ head coaching job while Tommy Tuberville still had it.

Yet he was welcomed in Arkansas and took the school to its first BCS bowl game following the 2010 season, losing in the Sugar Bowl to Ohio State. He 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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