CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Jessica Dorrell has resigned amidst the Bobby Petrino wreck scandal. Jessica Dorrell (photos below) got a twenty-thousand dollar gift from Bobby Petrino after being hired by Petrino in her new job. She used the money to get herself a new black Acura. Now Dorrell has agreed to resign and get an additional $14,000 settlement payment from the university. Athletic Director Jeff Long made the news announcement late last night.
Jessica Dorrell and Long agreed that her resignation was best for all parties and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Long said the decision is part of a “settlement and resolution of all matters between the parties”.
The settlement agreement was signed by “Jessica Marie Dorrell” on April 17, 2012 and released to news that date. The settlement gives Dorrell a statement of good standing. “Jessica M. Dorrell began her employment as Student-Athlete Development Coordinator on March 23, 2012 and resigned in good standing on April 17, 2012. At the time of resignation, Ms. Dorrell’s annual salary was $55,735″, reads an attached exhibit to the settlement.
The settlement signed by Chancellor David Gearhart included a non-admission of liability, officials confirm to news. “The Parties agreed that the fact this Agreement was executed shall not be used as evidence that the Board and/or any of the Released Parties admit liability or wrongdoing in connection with the alleged facts that serve as the basis of any grievance, lawsuit or controversy in connection with any alleged violation of University policy.”
Dorrell in reaching he settlement agrees not to profit from the controversy about the Petrino wreck in a way that impacts “her affiliation with Razorback athletics.”
Dorrell believed that her resignation helps the future of the Razorbacks football. “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,” Long wrote. “She and I believe she should have the opportunity to move on.”
Long tells news that the University has no current plans to rehire anyone for the same position. Petrino’s assistant head coach Taver Johnson will guide the team while Long looks for a replacement.
Dorrell wanted in her settlement a letter of reference from the Board for future jobs. That exhibit mentioned above shall serve as the reference. “If contacted for a reference, the Athletic Director (or his successors) shall issue the letter of recommendation attach to this Agreement as Exhibit A which is incorporated herein by reface.”
The University in reaching a settlement with Dorrell got protection for itself. Dorrell released and waived and any and all “claims of any nature whatsoever against the employee … providing the recommendation as well as the Board.”
As the scandal erupted, Arkansas was fast to release documents to the news media pursuant to Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). That was unchanged in the settlement. Dorrell agreed that “the Board shall the full right and authority to release this Agreement on its own initiative without prior notice to Ms. Dorrell.”
Bobby Petrino, in contrast, was fired with cause. He was under a roughly $3.5 million per annual contract with Arkansas which a sliding scale of an $18 million buyout provision. Petrino walked away without a penny, being denied this year’s salary and his buyout provision. Petrino agreed to waive his right to object to that decision by the University.
Bobby Petrino, Jessica Dorrell