The public is still in the process of learning more about disgraced former Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino‘s relationship with 25-year-old alleged mistress Jessica Dorrell. But on Wednesday, phone records revealed the two had been in contact since at least last September.
The records for Petrino’s university-issued phone were obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (you can see them at Deadspin), and one of the first calls Petrino made back in September was to Dorrell. Since then, countless calls, texts and pictures were shared around the clock between the two on a regular basis. The Associated Press reports Petrino exchanged over 4300 texts and 300 calls with Dorrell since September. Dorrell, a former all-SEC volleyball player for the Razorbacks, was hired to the football program last month.
Records indicate that Petrino and Dorrell spoke for a total of 16 minutes around 3:30 p.m. the day of the accident. Petrino also apparently sent a few text messages during their ride, though it’s unclear if he sent them while driving. After the accident, which occurred approximately at 6:32 p.m., the coach made a handful of calls, including at least one to the off-duty police captain who serves as his security guard during the season and brought Petrino to the hospital alone.
On April 5, the day the police report of the crash was made public, revealing Dorrell’s involvement in the accident and relationship with Petrino, the two shared (by our count) 11 brief phone calls.
As mentioned, these records show just the previous seven months of contact, so it’s unclear how much longer Petrino was making regular contact with Dorrell.
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