The motorcycle crash involving Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino on Sunday just got a lot murkier.
The Arkansas State Police reported on Thursday that Petrino had a female companion, Jessica, Dorrell, on his bike at the time of the accident.
Dorrell is the student-athlete development coordinator for Arkansas football who was hired by the school in 2009 after playing volleyball at the school. While a member of the athletic department being with Petrino isn’t damaging news in itself, people will certainly be wondering what a 25-year-old woman was doing riding around with the 51-year-old head coach who is married and has four children.
It doesn’t help that Petrino released a statement on Monday that the accident “involved no other individuals.” Dorrell is engaged to Arkansas’ director of swimming and diving Josh Morgan. The two are scheduled to be married on June 9th.
This news is especially disconcerting because Petrino’s predecessor, Houston Nutt, was embroiled in a massive text message scandal involving local TV reporter Donna Bragg in 2007.