ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Bobby Petrino has been hired by another school less than one year after his Jessica Dorrell cheating affair scandal prompted his termination. Jessica Dorrell (photos below) and Bobby Petrino dominated news just last April when Petrino finally admitted to the affair. Petrino on Monday was hired by Western Kentucky.
When the Bobby Petrino Jessica Dorrell scandal erupted at Arkansas, Petrino was under a roughly $3.5 million per annual contract with which a sliding scale featuring an $18 million buyout provision. Petrino walked away without a penny, being denied his 2012 year’s salary and his buyout provision. Petrino agreed to waive his right to object to that decision by the University.
Petrino’s new contract at Western Kentucky is a four year deal with an annual base salary of $850,000, insiders tell news. Officials have yet to indicate if there is any additional bonus in the contract. But in a news briefing Monday, officials indicated that Petrino will not have a buyout provision like he had at Arkansas.
Rather insiders tell news that, under the new contract, if Petrino cancels the contract at any time, his salary is terminated. Plus Petrino must the repay the university $1.2 million over six monthly payments.
In his termination at Arkansas, officials ruled that “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.” Officials also added that “Moreover, all of these facts, individually and collectively, negatively and adversely affect the reputation of the university as well as our athletics programs”.
Petrino admitted to not only keeping his cheating affair a secret, but also being fabricating a tale to supervisors. Phone logs and Arkansas officials claimed that Petrino and Dorrell had an alleged affair which began as early as September 2011.
After being hired by Petrino, Dorrell then received from Petrino what he called a gift. The gift was nearly half her annual salary, a check for twenty-thousand dollars drawn from his personal funds. With that money, Dorrell allegedly went out and bought a black Acura the first week of her job.
In a news briefing Monday, Petrino said “At this point in my career, it’s about getting back and coaching player. It just happened to open up at a place we love. I hope it can be as long as possible.”