Thursday following a spring practice scrimmage at Reynolds Stadium, the Arkansas Razorback players and coaches were made available to the press for the first time since the firing of head coach Bobby Petrino, who was dismissed Tuesday night after an investigation into his motorcycle accident and subsequent admission that he lied to school administrators and hired his girlfriend on to the athletic staff. Petrino, a married father of four, also admitted paying Jessica Dorrell $20,000 dollars of his own money.
"It was very surprising and very shocking," said Arkansas runningback Knile Davis, who missed this past season due to injury. Davis, who's considered one of the top backs in the nation, added "it hurt. But at the end of the day he's human. And we all make mistakes."
Petrino's brother, Paul, who just returned to Arkansas as offensive coordinator after two seasons at Illinois, admitted that Bobby was not doing well since his dismissal. Paul said he did not know about Bobby's relationship with Dorrell, saying "I was surprised. But he's my brother. He's made a mistake and is paying for it. My focus is just on coaching as best I can."