Jeff Long was right
I wasn’t stunned or shocked, but I was pleasantly surprised that Jeff Long did the right thing.
It wasn’t an indictment on him. I simply didn’t know how the Arkansas’ Athletic Director Jeff Long would react. He had not been in a critical situation like this.
Bobby Petrino had won a lot of games the last two years (21-5) and helped raise a lot of money.
I thought maybe he would get a three-month suspension without pay, which would result in about a $900,000 fine.
He might have other sanctions, but I thought he would survive.
I was wrong. I’m glad I was wrong.
Jeff Long was right. He terminated the married-with-four-children-and-a-grandchild Petrino for lying about irregularities in hiring his girlfriend.
There were 159 who applied for the job. There were three finalists, a man and two women. Jessica Dorrell, 25, got the job. She was Petrino’s pick.
That was irreparable damage that could have had long-term effects on the UA.
Long knew that better than anyone.
When Ohio State started to find things wrong in its football program there were attempts to cover it up. Eventually, the coach, Jim Tressell was fired for his role.
There was an attempt to cover up at Penn State and from the President of the school to Joe Paterno people were terminated.
This time when wrong doing was revealed, decency, morals and values scored a resounding victory.You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.