Fans Defend Disgraced Football Coach

April 10, 2012 by staff 

Fans Defend Disgraced Football Coach, Arkansas isn’t quite ready to let go of coach Bobby Petrino.Petrino was placed on administrative leave last Thursday after admitting he had engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” with 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell, whom he hired as student-athlete development coordinator in March. In the wake of the discipline, several fans flocked to Facebook to show their support for the embattled coach.

“Team Save Coach Petrino” has nearly 8,000 members who don’t want to see Petrino fired for his indiscretions with a female employee half his age. The group is private and you have to be approved to join, but smaller public pages such as “Keep Head Coach Bobby Petrino,” “Save Bobby Petrino” and “Support Bobby Petrino” also have popped up on Facebook.

As part of the “Team Save Coach Petrino” Facebook initiative, several other fans have organized a rally in front of an administration building Monday night to persuade athletic director Jeff Long to keep Petrino as the Razorbacks’ head coach.

Well, it’s clear, for some in Arkansas, winning seems to be more important than morality.

(US Presswire)It’s not just that Petrino was having an “inappropriate relationship” with Dorrell, it’s that he lied to pretty much everyone about it. When Petrino was injured in the motorcycle accident that started this snowball, his family issued a statement saying no one else was involved in the accident. On Tuesday, when he met with the media, Petrino said no one else was on the bike. It wasn’t until the media got hold of the police report that the truth was known and Petrino had to come clean about who he was with to both his bosses and his family.

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