Long's review discovered that the relationship began long before Petrino hired Dorrell. Long also discovered that the job search -- which included two other finalists -- was "shorter than our normal affirmative action hiring process." In other words, Petrino used a truncated search to hire his mistress to a job for which she may not have been the most qualified applicant.
Had Arkansas kept Petrino, it would have turned the other 158 applicants into plaintiffs. Attorneys would have descended on Fayetteville screaming Sue Pig Woooooie!
Those people would have made easy money, too. Some of the millions in donations Petrino brought in by winning might have turned into settlement funds. In the future, university employees would have faced difficulty firing anyone over an inappropriate office relationship. The fired party could simply hire an attorney, who would, in much more polished legalese, say something to the tune of, "But you kept Bobby Petrino."
"By itself, coach Petrino's consensual relationship with Ms. Dorrell prior to her joining the football staff was not against university policy," Long said. "By itself, it's a matter between individuals and their families. However, in this case, coach Petrino abused his authority when over the past few weeks, he made a staff decision and personal choices that benefitted himself and jeopardized the integrity of the football program.
"In short, coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletics staff both before and after the motorcycle accident."