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“Coach Petrino abused his authority when over the past few weeks he made a staff decision and personal choices that benefited himself and jeopardized the integrity of the football program,” Long said at the time.

Petrino was fired with cause, forfeiting the remainder of his contract and salary _ including an $18 million buyout.

“There is no justification,” Petrino told ESPN about hiring Dorrell. “There is no excuse for having her in the interview pool, hiring her, having her on the back of the motorcycle. I look back on it, and there is no good answer. I wasn’t thinking, and I wasn’t acting correctly.”

The father of four said he is “working hard to save my marriage.”

“I’m working one day at a time. I want to stay married. That’s my main priority right now. Making things right with my family.”