ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Could the Jessica Dorrell – Bobby Petrino wreck for the Arkansas Razorbacks be solved by Jon Gruden? As the Jessica Dorrell (photos below) scandal in the Bobby Petrino case expands, so too are hiring efforts for Petrino’s replacement. And without a blink of the eye, Jon Gruden’s name has been brought up. While Razorbacks officials havenâ€™t spoken to Gruden, Gruden is being pushed by John Daly.
As more details about the Jessica Dorrell Bobby Petrino scandal filter to news, the focus has now turned to Petrino’s replacement. Who will be Jeff Long’s replacement for Bobby Petrino? Daly says it should be Gruden.
“Been trying to help, all is in Jeff Long’s hands” writes Daly. “If that is the route they want to go, I think that [Jon] Gruden would be the perfect fit. Razorback fans would welcome Gruden with open arms.”
Daly added “I know it’s a long shot, but I live for Arkansas”. HeÂ ended with the hashtag “#justgivehimacall”.
Has Gruden spoken to Long? Gruden tells Mark Wiedmer that “John Daly’s called me about it. But I haven’t heard from the school.” Gruden once joked “The only coaching job I could get when I was fired by the Bucs was an assistant offensive line coach at a local high school.”
But in the last year, whenever a college job has opened, Gruden’s name always gets mentioned. The same has been the case for the NFL. Last year, Gruden was a reported front runner for the 49ers gig. In December 2010, it was for the Browns. At the time, John Clayton reported that Gruden and John Fox were clear possible candidates for a potential Browns position.
A month earlier, Gruden turned down the UM reported offer that would have paid him a possible $3 million annually. Gruden at the time said he was committed to staying with his broadcast TV job. But Florida news reports said Gruden was interested in a top NFL job, if offered.
The question remains how much will Athletic Director Jeff Long pay for a Petrino replacement? Petrino’s last deal was seven years, with a roughly $3.56 million annual contract and an $18 million buyout provision.
The key for Long, however, will be not just talent, but also adhering to that infamous Section 14(f) cause. Petrino’s violation of that Section of his contract resulted in his termination.
Long told Petrino â€śOtherwise engaging in conduct, as solely determined by the University, which is clearly contrary to the character and responsibilities of a person occupying the position of Head Football Coach or which negatively or adversely affects the reputation of the University or UAFâ€™s athletics programs in any way.â€ť
Long has previously revealed to news that he must, not only rebuild the coaching staff, but also the school’s reputation. “We are now faced with the task of restoring the reputation of our institution and our athletics programs that many individuals and teams have worked hard to build over the years.”
In Petrino’s termination letter, Long told him “all of these facts, individually and collectively, are clearly contrary to character and responsibilities of the person occupying the position of the Head Football Coach – an individual who should serve as a role model and a leader for our student-athlete.” He added “Moreover, all of these facts, individually and collectively, negatively and adversely affect the reputation of the university as well as our athletics programs”.
Dorrellâ€™s status with the university remains in question. She was put on administrative leave last week. Long has yet to update news about Dorrellâ€™s current employment status in the wake of the Petrino scandal.
Bobby Petrino, Jessica Dorrell