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Jessica Dorrell resigns from job at Arkansas, will receive $14,000 settlement

In the least surprising news since hearing that Michael Jordan was thinking about selling the Bobcats, Arkansas announced that Jessica Dorrell resigned from her job with the football team.

Dorrell was hired over 158 other applicants and was paid $20,000 by former coach Bobby Petrino upon taking the job. A few days after Petrino crashed his motorcycle, it was revealed that Dorrell was having an “inappropriate relationship” with the coach. Phone records showed they exchanged thousands of texts and hundreds of calls.

“While Ms. Dorrell had a legitimate right to apply for and accept a position within the football program, the circumstances surrounding the former coach’s decision to hire her compromised her ability to be effective in such a position,” UA athletics director Jeff Long said.

“She and I believe she should have the opportunity to move on.”

Dorrell has been on paid administrative leave since last week and now she’s done. But fret not, she’s not going home empty-handed; she also is receiving a $14,000 settlement from the school. No word on what happens with the car she bought using the $20,000 gift from Petrino.

Jessica Dorrell on paid leave, was hired over guy listing Saban, Miles as references

The inevitable fallout from Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle crash, affair, and firing is taking place. Jessica Dorrell, the mistress on the back of his motorcycle when he crashed, is officially on paid leave from her position with the Arkansas football program.

Dorrell is the football program’s student-athlete development coordinator. She was selected over 158 other candidates and her hiring was announced the week before Petrino’s motorcycle crash. As if Petrino hiring his mistress over 158 others isn’t bad enough, he also gave her a $20,000 gift.

But wait, there’s more … 40/29 Sports in Fayetteville shows us just how much favoritism went on with Dorrell’s hiring. They say the two other finalists for the position were Benjamin Wilkerson and Tiffany Fields, both of whom had strong recommendations and seemed extremely qualified.

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Bobby Petrino’s phone records show roughly 4,300 texts, 300 calls with Jessica Dorrell since September

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.

Last week, Petrino attempted to cover up what he later described as an “inappropriate relationship” with Dorrell, who was a passenger on the coach’s motorcycle when he crashed it April 1.

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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25-year-old Jessica Dorrell was on Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle during crash, and he covered it up

Not only was Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino riding a motorcycle without a helmet when he crashed Sunday night, but he also had a 25-year-old athletic department employee riding with him, and he lied about that detail.

The police report from the crash says 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell was on the back of Petrino’s motorcycle, though she miraculously was uninjured. Dorrell left in her car while Petrino was taken to the hospital by a police captain who also serves as Petrino’s security guard during the football season. That’s where the cover-up began.

A release from the University of Arkansas earlier this week said Petrino was involved in a wreck “that involved no other individuals.”

Petrino also left out that Dorrell was on the motorcycle when speaking with the media.

“When I came out of a ditch, there was a lady there that had flagged down a car. And the guy that was in the passenger seat said get in we’ll just take you right to the hospital,” he said, per ArkansasSports360.

Petrino told the media that he had spent the day at a lake with his wife, Becky.

In a statement issued late Thursday, Petrino says he hid the detail about Dorrell from the school.

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