Razorback fans had a wild and wooly Thursday. By the time the evening was over, athletic director Jeff Long had placed head coach Bobby Petrino on administrative leave with pay after it was revealed that a 25-year-old university female employee was riding with Petrino when he crashed his motorcycle on Sunday. Petrino, through a university-issued press release, had initially indicated that no one else was involved in the accident. While the head coach is on leave, Long will conduct a review of the situation to determine whether Petrino will keep his job.
Before Long's announcement late Thursday night, Petrino issued another statement, this one acknowledging a "previous inappropriate relationship" with someone, presumably the employee.
We Hog fans loved to contrast the order and discipline that Petrino seemingly brought to his job with the melodrama of the Nutt years, but yesterday topped any Houston Dale-produced soap opera by a wide margin.
We don't have a lot of time to sit by the water cooler and chat this morning, but here are a few links and a poll for you.
• "Petrino Suspended Following Crash Revelations" - WholeHogSports.com (note:subscription required to view link)
• "Arkansas Places Razorback Football Coach Bobby Petrino on Administrative Leave" - ArkansasSports360.com
• "Razorbacks' Bobby Petrino Could Be in Violation of UA Handbook Policy on Sexual Harassment" - ArkansasSports360.com
• "Is This a Storm Bobby Petrino Can Survive?" - ESPN.com