8 Things You Need To Know About Jessica Dorrell

University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino allegedly had an “inappropriate relationship” with her, and he’s just been fired. Let’s learn a little more about Dorrell. posted on

1. She was in a motorcycle crash with Petrino on April Fools’ Day.

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This is how the whole scandal started: married father of four Petrino was in a minor motorcycle crash on April 1, and he admitted he was with Dorrell. He also admitted having a relationship with her. Which bothered the university because…

2. He had recently hired her.

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Dorrell’s currently listed as Project/Program Manager with the University of Arkansas Athletics Department. According to the New York Times, Petrino hired her for this position from a pool of 159 applicants, while they were already involved in a relationship. Says Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, “Coach Petrino abused his authority when he made a staff hire that benefited himself and jeopardized the integrity of the football program.”

3. Her fiance also worked at Arkansas.

Dorrell’s fiance Josh Morgan is still listed as the Director of Swimming and Diving Operations, and was apparently getting his master’s in history. Some reports say he’s resigned, but the university won’t confirm that. The AP has also implied that the engagement is off.

4. They had a wedding website, which was promptly defaced.

The above are some of the less offensive comments. The site has now been shut down.

5. She was a star Arkansas volleyball player a few years ago.

She played for three years, apparently ending with her junior year, 2006. Her page on the Arkansas Razorbacks’ website says, “Dorrell’s name is sprinkled throughout the Arkansas record books.” It’s also now sprinkled liberally throughout the internet.

6. Petrino gave her $20,000 in cash as a gift.

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Which may not be that much to him, since before his firing he made $3.5 million a year.

7. She might sue the university.

Dorrell has apparently retained a lawyer and may sue the university. According to CafeMom, fear of a lawsuit may be one reason they haven’t fired her — in Arkansas, you can sue for sexual harassment in some circumstances even if the sex involved was consensual.

8. There could be a sex tape.

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The AP has obtained Petrino’s phone records, and discovered that he’s been in contact with Dorrell since at least September 2011. He hired her in March 2012.

Also, the phone records apparently include video or pictorial messages. Meaning this scandal could be about to get a lot worse for everyone.

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