Fired Arkansas coach Petrino hoping for another shot
Helena, MT, United States (4E Sports) – Bobby Petrino is hoping for another shot at a coaching job, months after he was fired by the Arkansas Razorbacks for having inappropriate relationship with one of his workers.
“I think I’ve got to take this one day at a time, continue to improve as a person and as a husband. I’m also going to continue to work on football. And I just hope and pray that I get that opportunity again,” Petrino said in an interview with ESPN.
During the interview, a remorseful Bobby Petrino addressed issues for the first time since being fired by Arkansas following a motorcycle accident that led to the discovery of his affair with a woman who worked for him.
Petrino has an outstanding coaching career, winning 74 percent of his games as a head coach, better than Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier and Mack Brown.
After coaching stint at Louisville, he turned Arkansas into a contender in his four years wth the Razorbacks.
Petrino said he sees the need to coach again but he doesn’t think he’ll be in a high-profile coaching situation once again. “I don’t know that right now,” he said.
After being fired by Arkansas, Petrino was approached by schools such as Cal and NFL teams such as the Tennessee Titans and asked him to visit with their coaching staffs.
During the interview, Petrino also addressed his relationship with Jessica Dorrell that ended his coaching career at Arkansas.
“How could I put what we had in jeopardy. This is what I wake up early every morning thinking about, what I lay in bed thinking about. Why?” Petrino said.
In April, Petrino was involved in an accident when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a ditch. Dorrell, the former volleyball player-turned-football recruiting organizer, was on the back of that motorcycle when the accident occurred,
Then, it was discovered that the 51-year-old Petrino, a married father of four, had a relationship with 25-year-old Dorrell for a significant amount of time. It was also alleged that Petrino had given her $20,000 at one point in their relationship.
After that, Arkansas ended their four-year relationship with Petrino, who lost almost $21 million in potential earning as coach of the Razorbacks.
Petrino said the hardest moment in his life came when he sat down with his wife and children and admitted his illicit affair.
“Looking at the look in her eyes,” Petrino said. “How I could possibly do something like this, to hurt her? The anger. The feeling of, ‘How could you possibly do this to me?’”
“It’s hard for them to understand how I could do this, how I could hurt their mother,” he said.
Petrino said he is working out his marriage with his wife by undergoing counseling.
“I’m working hard to save my marriage,” he said. “I’m working one day at a time. I want to stay married. That’s my main priority right now. Making things right with my family.”