- Associated Press - Friday, April 13, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. (AP) - Worried about his fate, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino asked colleagues whether he was going to be fired while simultaneously wondering if an investigation would uncover the content of his frequent cellphone texts, according to documents released Thursday night.

The content of Petrino’s text messages that was still available on his business cell were obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. In the messages, Petrino asks assistant athletic director Chris Wyrick about his job status on April 6 _ the day after he was put on paid leave by athletic director Jeff Long following the revelation that he had hired his former mistress just a few days before the two were involved in a motorcycle accident.

“Coach, I know I sometimes aggravate you, but PLEASE listen to me. Does Jeff know EVERYTHING from your standpoint??” Wyrick asked.

“Yes I believe he does,” Petrino responded. “Is the mood to fire me or to keep me???”

“I can’t honestly speak to (Long‘s) pulse on that, but my gut is he wants it to work,” Wyrick wrote. “You have done the job and most feel like you are due a mulligan.”

At about the same time, Petrino texted someone only identified as “Andy” to ask, “can they get content off my text.” Other documents indicate that photo or video content was shared between Petrino and Dorrell over the past seven months.

“I think thy (sic) can only get who you text,” Andy replied.

The following day, the coach texted Long, who had launched a review into the hiring of 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell late last month by Petrino, a 51-year-old married father of four.

“Hey Jeff, I’m just sitting around wondering what I should be doing??,” Petrino wrote. “I just want you to no (sic) how sorry I am that this all happened!!”

That was the last text available on Petrino’s phone. He was fired three days later.

Petrino was fired Tuesday for failing to disclose his relationship with Dorrell and withholding other information from Long, including that he had once paid her $20,000 for reasons that have not been disclosed. Petrino’s available texts, which don’t include any that might have been deleted, don’t include any with Dorrell, though other documents show that the two had exchanged more than 4,300 texts and nearly 300 calls since September.

The university also released documents related to Dorrell’s hiring, which Long this week said didn’t follow typical protocol. He said Petrino failed to disclose his conflict of interest in recommending his mistress get an open job as a recruiting coordinator at an annual salary of $55,735.

Long sent a March 19 request university officials to waive the usual 30-day wait period so they could fill the open recruiting coordinator job. The documents include Petrino stating why Dorrell was his favored choice out of 159 applicants and three finalists.

“I would like to offer to this candidate,” Petrino wrote. “Out of the candidates, she had the best experience and we felt like she would be the best fit for this position.”

Someone _ it was not clear who _ also wrote in the interview feedback section of Dorrell: “She has a natural networking ability who can communicate to coaches, student-athletes and donors. Out of the three (finalist) candidates, Jessica has the most overall experience of building relationships that the football program is looking for.”

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