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Arkansas' players in shock at Petrino firing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -
Arkansas players described feelings of shock and disappointment and are rallying around what's left of the current coaching staff following Bobby Petrino's firing.

Several of the Razorbacks and the team's coaches spoke for the first time Friday night following a scrimmage during spring practice in Razorback Stadium.

Petrino was fired Tuesday for failing to disclose his relationship with football staffer Jessica Dorrell and withholding other information, including that he had once given her $20,000 for a car.

Arkansas quarterback and running back Knile Davis said they had no idea of Petrino's relationship with Dorrell.

Razorbacks offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, brother of Bobby Petrino, also said he had no idea - and that he will support his brother, who he said is paying for his mistakes.

Dorrell hire was fast-tracked
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -
The former mistress of Bobby Petrino was hired over 158 other applicants after a fast-tracked interview process that athletic director Jeff Long requested at the behest of the now-fired coach

According to more than 500 pages of documents released by the university, Dorrell submitted a single-page resume expressing her interest in becoming the football program's student-athlete development coordinator job. She was among three finalists interviewed and was hired by Petrino in late March at a salary of nearly $56,000. The other two finalists listed specific football credentials, while Dorrell did not.

Petrino was fired this week for not disclosing their affair - a conflict of interest - and she has been put on paid leave.

Agent: Petrino won't appeal Arkansas firing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -
Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has notified the university he won't appeal his firing nor will he seek any of the $18 million buyout that was part of his contract.

Petrino's agent, Russ Campbell, sent an e-mail to Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long Thursday night saying Petrino has accepted "responsibility for the events that led to the University's decision to terminate his contract."

Petrino was fired Tuesday for failing to disclose his relationship with football staffer Jessica Dorrell and withholding other information from Long, including that he had once given her $20,000. Petrino hired Dorrell days before the April 1 motorcycle accident with her that led to his downfall.

Petrino had the option to appeal the firing.

AD says Petrino's affair was 'several months' long
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says the affair that cost Bobby Petrino his job lasted for "a period of several months" before the coach recommended hiring his mistress.

The detail is disclosed in the letter that Long sent to Petrino on Tuesday to tell him he had been fired. The letter also says that Jessica Dorrell used a $20,000 "gift" from Petrino to buy a black Acura car during her first week on the job.

The letter was released Friday as part of a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by The Associated Press.

Long says Petrino deliberately failed to tell him he had "engaged in an extra-marital affair" with Dorrell before he told Long she should be hired last month. The university put the 25-year-old Dorrell on paid leave earlier Friday.

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