Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino Placed On Leave, Admits ‘Inappropriate Relationship’ With Staffer
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will conduct a review of the incident and linebackers coach Taver Johnson will serve in the interim.
In the wake of the accident, the Petrino family released a statement saying he was solo at the time of the crash. Information from the Arkansas State Police brought to light today contradicted that claim.
“He admitted that he had not been totally forthcoming and forthright with me about the accident,” Long said. “He shared with me the reasons why he didn't share the information.”
Petrino didn't speak Thursday night, but did release a statement through the university's media relations office.
“The state police report today provides an accurate description of my accident, which includes details that had not publicly come to light prior to the report being issued,” Petrino said. “I regret that I have not publicly acknowledged a passenger on the vehicle.
“My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public…In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details.
The chances that Petrino survives this would seem to be slim. You can’t exactly lie about hiring a woman with whom you’re conducting an “inappropriate relationship” to work directly underneath you – no pun intended – and have people forget about it. Well, maybe you can. It is college athletics after all.