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Bobby Petrino's dishonesty regarding his relationship with a newly hired school employee cost him his last job. Now he's in the hunt for a new one! A new job, that is. VIDEO: What next for Bobby Petrino? Arkansas had no other choice.

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'A Hog Tail on the Pig Trail'

John Diamond, Arkansas vice chancellor for university relations, provided more details on the investigation that led to the firing of former Razorback football coach Bobby Petrino.


Betting on Petrino

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Petrino's third act begins

Bobby Petrino returns after a year hiatus, rebuilding his shattered coaching career at Western Kentucky.


Petrino's WKU contract details

Hey, state of Kentucky! Bobby Petrino's coming back.


Petrino, Arkansas State growing closer

Bobby Petrino could be coaching in the state of Arkansas again very soon, as the Arkansas State Red Wolves have reportedly expressed interest in the former Razorbacks head coach and the interest is mutual.


Petrino to Arkansas (State)?

Bobby Petrino keeps the coaching carousel spinning by expressing interest in Gus Malzahn's former gig at Arkansas State.


No Petrino for Colorado

Colorado's athletic director has strongly denied a report that Bobby Petrino's up for the Buffs.


Bobby Petrino 'definitely' considered for Auburn

The former Arkansas and Louisville head coach is reportedly on team's short list.


VIDEO: Bobby Petrino Interview Includes Tears, Apologies, Promises

A portion of Joe Schad's interview with fired coach Bobby Petrino aired Thursday morning on ESPN, with more set to come throughout the day. It's the coach's first public conversation since being ousted at Arkansas after it came out he lied about an affair with a person he hired. Petrino described himself as "very sorry" and displayed human emotion at points.

Also, Schad says Petrino has been in touch with the Tennessee Titans and Cal as he looks for a 2013 job.

"There is no excuse for having her in the interview pool, hiring her, having her on the back of the motorcycle," he said of Jessica Dorrell, the 25-year-old employee in question. "When I look back on it, there is no good answer. All I know is that I wasn't thinking and I wasn't acting correctly."

"I'll be a better coach because this happened, because I'll coach the person and not just the player," Petrino said, explaining he'll help his future players prepare to avoid mistakes and to deal with them. "I have a better understanding of what life is really about. Put your energy into people that love you and count on you."

"Sitting down and telling Becky," was the hardest part. "Looking at the look in her eyes, and how could I ever do something like this to hurt her. Anyone who's ever hurt a loved one or lost a dream job can relate."

"I'm working hard to save my marriage," Petrino said. "I want to stay married. That's been my main priority, making things right with my family."

As for the public reaction to the softer, more vulnerable Petrino, so far it's going over about as well as you'd think. We've seen this kind of thing before, and it's gonna take... well, I don't really know what it's gonna take for him to fix his image. Him already talking about his next coaching job might not supply the quickest fix.

For more on Hogs football, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.


Bobby Petrino Fired: Notes From Jeff Long's Press Conference

Arkansas Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long elected to fire Bobby Petrino after the latter's motorcycle adventure that led to his cover-up of an employed mistress, making the announcement official Tuesday night. Petrino was a popular coach in the Ozarks, and the school has plenty of booster money tied up in Petrino remaining aboard, but felt the coach's latest breach of trust was just too much to bear. Jeff Long's Tough Decision and The Petrino Impropriety Power Rankings

Live from Bud Walton Arena, Long began by recounting his presser from last week, when he found Petrino had "not been forthcoming" about the incident despite "a number of opportunities."

Long said he's "spoken with key individuals" involved with the accident, including Jessica Dorrell, Lance King and others. He "reviewed the manner, the timing, the extent to which Coach Petrino shared information," including what he told players and faculty.

Petrino's "personal and professional" relationship with Dorrell contributed to Long's decision to fire Petrino.

"Coach Petrino knowingly misled" the university, said Long, adding that Petrino had four days to reveal the truth to the school or the media but chose not to. His relationship led to Dorrell being chosen over 158 other applicants and landed her a $20,000 payment along the way. Wow! Video evidence of such a claim:

Petrino "adversely affected" the reputation of the Razorbacks, said Long. He said the relationship wasn't against university policy, but found that Petrino "abused his authority" and "jeopardized the integrity of the football program."

Long called Petrino "misleading and manipulative" for using athletic department funds to hire a person "with whom he had a personal relationship." His "conduct is contrary to the character and responsibilities we demand of our head football coach," Long said, adding that such language is included in his contract.

Taver Johnson will remain as the interim coach through spring drills. He assured the assembly the school will seek a coach "Razorback fans across the nation" can be proud of, citing the SEC West as a selling point. The search will begin "tonight," Long said, refusing to offer a deadline of any sort and refusing to comment on whether offensive coordinator Paul Petrino would be considered.

Long nearly choked up while talking about addressing Hogs players. He said he told them to focus on their academics and spring ball. "I'm committed to providing them with leadership befitting of the development of student-athletes," Long said. He called it an "obligation." Here's that moment:

"We have high standards," Long said. "And a national reputation. Our expectations from our employees can be no less than what we expect of our students. No individual can be bigger than the team, the Razorback football program, or the University of Arkansas."

Petrino was fired with cause, Long confirmed, meaning there won't be any buyout paid. Long denied that he negotiated with Petrino -- a previous report had claimed the coach was offered conditions but turned them down.

Petrino will release a statement later Tuesday night.

For more on Hogs football, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.


Bobby Petrino To Be Fired By Arkansas, According To Report

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.


Bobby Petrino Placed On Paid Administrative Leave By Arkansas

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino has been placed on "paid administrative leave" by athletic director Jeff Long in the wake of the revelation that an employee in the school's football program was with Petrino on the night of his motorcycle accident.

Long delivered the news in a 9:45 p.m. Central Time press conference, telling gathered reporters, "I'm very disappointed." Long noted that assistant coach Taver Johnson will take over the Razorbacks on an interim basis.

Long told reporters that Petrino called him on Thursday afternoon to disclose the details of the motorcycle accident and said he had not previously been apprised of that information, but refused to speculate on any further punishment Petrino could face from Arkansas. When asked if Petrino could repair the trust that he might have lost with the program, Long replied in the affirmative.

Go to this StoryStream for more on Petrino's accident and the fallout. For more on Hogs football, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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