Petrino Fired as Arkansas Football Coach After Crash, Cover-Up

Bobby Petrino was fired as football coach at the University of Arkansas, nine days after he was injured in a motorcycle accident and then covered up the fact that a female football staff member also was on the bike.

Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a news conference last night at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that Petrino had been reckless and was involved in a “pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior.”

Long said Petrino gave the female employee $20,000 at one point, though he did not specify what the money was for. Petrino was fired with cause and will not receive a buyout included in his contract, the athletic director said.

“He made the decision to mislead the public,” Long said, choking up at points during the news conference.

Petrino, a former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, led Arkansas to a Cotton Bowl win and a No. 5 final ranking in the Associated Press national college football poll this past season.

Petrino, 51, who had a 34-17 record in four seasons leading the Razorbacks, was left with four broken ribs and other injuries in the April 1 motorcycle accident. He was placed on paid leave after acknowledging he had lied at a news conference about the presence of the 25-year-old woman.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Gloster at

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.