COLUMBIA SC - NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Arkansas Razorbacks watches his team during warm ups before the start of their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6 2010 in Columbia South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Arkansas has reportedly made its decision regarding the fate of football coach Bobby Petrino. An official announcement is expected at an 8:15 p.m. ET press conference.
The Arkansas Razorbacks will reportedly fire head coach Bobby Petrino after a weekend spent deliberating on his motorcycle caper, according to a report by ESPN's Joe Schad. The decision follows a meeting between Petrino and Jeff Long, Arkansas' athletic director, earlier Tuesday evening. A press conference has been called for 8:15 ET to officially announce the decision.
After his motorcycle accident, Petrino was caught lying about his relationship with Jessica Dorrell, a 25-year-old assistant he put on the Arkansas payroll only a week prior.
This is the first termination of Petrino's head-coaching career; to this point, he's used every job as a step to another job. Before landing at Arkansas, he coached with the Atlanta Falcons, Louisville Cardinals, Auburn Tigers and elsewhere, with many (many) a flirtation along the way. He's known as an offensive mastermind, so he shouldn't have trouble landing somewhere else before too long.
Petrino went 34-17 in his four years at Arkansas, posting a 21-5 mark over the last two seasons. He reached a Sugar Bowl and won a Cotton Bowl, setting up what many Arkansas fans felt could be a championship run on the horizon.