- Associated Press - Monday, April 2, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. (AP) - A person close to Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino says Petrino’s injuries from a motorcycle crash are “not life threatening.”

The person would only comment Monday on the condition of anonymity.

State police say Petrino veered off a highway near the community of Crosses Sunday night and crashed his motorcycle. Police spokesman Bill Sadler says Petrino was taken to a hospital for treatment, but he declined to say which hospital and said he didn’t know if the coach was still at there or what his condition was.

Zack Higbee, a spokesman for Petrino, would not comment or confirm Monday that the coach was involved in the crash.


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Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino crashed his motorcycle after veering off a highway and was taken to a hospital for treatment, a state police official said Monday.

Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the crash happened Sunday night on Arkansas Highway 16 in Madison County near Crosses, a community in northwest Arkansas about 20 miles from Fayetteville, where the school is located. Sadler said Petrino’s motorcycle left the highway and crashed.

Sadler says Petrino was taken to a hospital in Washington County, but he declined to say which one. He said he didn’t know the coach’s condition or whether he was still hospitalized Monday.

Zack Higbee, a spokesman for Petrino, would not comment or confirm Monday that the coach was involved in the crash.

Petrino, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, led Arkansas to an 11-2 record last season and a Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. He’s 34-17 in four seasons at the school, 21-5 over the last two.

He’s talked in the past about owning a motorcycle and going for rides around nearby Beaver Lake.

The noted offensive coach has led the Razorbacks to the top passing offense in the Southeastern Conference over the past three seasons. He’s helped develop former Arkansas and current New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett and last season’s first-team All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson.

Prior to Arkansas, Petrino coached the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He left the Falcons after 13 games in the 2007 season to join the Razorbacks.

Petrino was a college head coach at Louisville before that, guiding the Cardinals to a 41-9 record from 2003-07.