Arkansas has placed Bobby Petrino's mistress Jessica Dorrell on a paid administrative leave
. The university says that they won’t comment any further on details of the situation, as they are saying it is a personal matter.
"Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said Petrino gave Dorrell a gift of $20,000 before her hiring. Long said the two had been in a relationship for a "significant" amount of time and phone records show they exchanged more than 4,300 text messages and nearly 300 phone calls over the past seven months.
In a March 20 letter Long sent to Dorrell offering her the job, he wrote that "you should be aware that you will be held accountable for and must abide by University of Arkansas, Southeastern Conference and NCAA rules and regulations."
The school, he added, "expects integrity" and Dorrell was asked to comply with "conflict of interest policies" among other things. The letter amounts to an "understanding" that there are "no agreements, whether written or oral, regarding your employment other than those contained in this letter." The letter was signed by Dorrell."