They really had no choice in my opinion after the revelation that he paid his mistress $20,000 and lied about it. NYT:
Once every generation or so, everything falls into place and allows a team outside one of college football’s traditional powers to compete for a national title. For the Arkansas Razorbacks, the 2012 football season appeared to be shaping up that way. Quarterback Tyler Wilson, a Heisman candidate, returns for his senior year, eight defensive starters are back and two Southeastern Conference West giants, Alabama and L.S.U., will each play in Fayetteville next season.
But this golden opportunity could be doomed before it even begins. On Tuesday night, the university fired Coach Bobby Petrino in the wake of an embarrassing scandal that began with Petrino’s getting into a motorcycle accident last week.
In a statement, Petrino said: “I’m sorry. These two words seem very inadequate. But that is my heart. All I have been able to think about is the number of people I’ve let down by making selfish decisions. I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the past. Some deserved, some not deserved. This time, I have no one to blame but myself.”
Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, in an emotional news conference in which he twice choked back tears, said that Petrino’s “pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior” had led to his firing.
Long was referring to Petrino’s initial claim that he was riding alone on his motorcycle at the time of the accident. Just before the police report became public, Petrino admitted that he had a passenger. It turned out to be Jessica Dorrell, a 25-year-old woman who is a former Arkansas volleyball player and with whom Petrino admitted having an inappropriate relationship. Petrino, who is married with four children, had also recently hired Dorrell for a football department staff position for which 159 candidates had applied.
Long also said that his investigation into the incident found that Petrino had given Dorrell $20,000 in cash. Ultimately, Long said that it was not the inappropriate relationship with Dorrell that led to Petrino’s firing, but his duplicity surrounding the details of the accident and his failure to disclose his relationship with Dorrell before she was hired.