A question of honor

Arkansas coach wrecked his motorcycle but totaled his reputation

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They didn’t know all the pertinent facts, and they didn’t care about the immorality of it all – or the naked conflict of interest in
hiring. Nor did their pride kick in when it became clear they’d all been bald-faced lied to.

Nope. Some 200 Arkansas Razorback fans still showed up for a rally, and 21,000 of them went online this past week, to blindly support football coach Bobby Petrino – after the married father of four took a nasty spill off a motorcycle recently with his mistress/assistant on the back.

These fans still wanted him to lead their proud university into battle this fall.

It makes you wonder: What sort of behavior won’t such people accept?

Arkansas should’ve known what kind of man they were hiring when Petrino agreed to up-and-walk-out on the Atlanta Falcons in mid-stream without so much as a goodbye to the troops. But he inadvertently revealed himself in the April 1 accident. Reports indicate he didn’t want 9-1-1 called, and he initially said nothing about his comely passenger.

Now we know why: Not only was he having an extended affair with the 25-year-old former Razorback volleyball player, whom he gave a $20,000 “gift” to, but he’d actually hired her March 28 – in the process, skipping over nearly 160 other applicants and accelerating her hiring in variance of normal affirmative action rules.

He clumsily tried to hide it all, too, lying not just to fans but to university officials.

Again, now we know why.

Petrino’s prevarications knew no bounds. When news of his affair belatedly broke, Petrino referred to young Jessica Dorrell in the past tense – as a “previous inappropriate relationship.” Yet, as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, even then the two were exchanging text messages.

“Petrino and Dorrell exchanged more than 4,300 text messages and nearly 300 phone calls over the past seven months — on game days, before dawn and even as the police report that hastened his downfall was being released to the public,” the newspaper reported.

“Coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletic staff, both before and after the motorcycle accident,” lamented Athletic Director Jeff Long.

Petrino’s four broken ribs, cracked vertebra in his neck and red road burns on his face are the perfect metaphor for what he did to himself and his university.

But even all that is apparently too subtle for some fans.

Sports fans love to repeat the legendary war
cry that “Winning isn’t everything – it’s the only thing!”

Of course, that’s as big a lie as the whoppers Petrino pawned off on us. Let’s try the same phrase while, instead, substituting a different word for “winning.”

Honor isn’t everything – it’s the only thing.

Maybe we should take that out for a spin, sports fans.

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Haki
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Haki 04/13/12 - 11:35 pm
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Falcons....letter on

Falcons....letter on locker.....I quit......Karma!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/14/12 - 02:18 am
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"Honor isn't everything- it's

"Honor isn't everything- it's the only thing."

Well-put, Michael.

Vince Lombardi was a helluva football coach but a lousy philosopher.
We're reaping the debilitating harvest arising from his sowing the seeds of the "Winning is the only thing" mentality.

smokeysbandit
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smokeysbandit 04/14/12 - 05:23 am
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Heard it's being said that

Heard it's being said that his accident was staged. That his girlfriends fiance chased them down and put a good old-fashioned butt whooping on Petrino. Don't know if this is actually true but has anyone besides me wondered how he could be so seriously injured and yet she not get even one little scratch?? Definitely sounds more plausible.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 04/14/12 - 06:49 am
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Petrino has a mistress and
Unpublished

Petrino has a mistress and takes her on a motorcycle ride and has an accident. Then, winds up losing his job. Bill Clinton, POTUS, has a mistress in the WH, gets caught, LIES UNDER OATH, and not only gets off, but is still costing the taxpayers MILLIONS and earns MILLIONS each year. Something is very wrong with this!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/14/12 - 07:39 am
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"Honor" you gotta be kiddin

"Honor" you gotta be kiddin (oh how naive was I to be a believer for so long). Honor and integrity are obsolete words that likely should be removed from the dictionary. It is now officially a myth because likely it doesn't really exist anymore. In todays world (post-Clinton) I don't see why an affair would get you fired. We could impeach Clinton but he was never punished and served his term. If it is OK for a standing President then why should a lowly coach be treated any different. It sports not national security. It is his personal life and apparently he was doing a great job. You could equate it to being fired for saying something inappropriate on Facebook and being fired despite doing a stellar job. Leave the man alone to pick up the pieces.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/14/12 - 07:49 am
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Go to Washington DC and see

Go to Washington DC and see if you can find "Honor and Integrity". You can make it like reality TV "Finding Bigfoot". My bet you probably have the same odds as finding a Squatch. Good luck if you accept this mission. This message will self-destruct in "Poof" .

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/14/12 - 07:51 am
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Petrino would fit right in

Petrino would fit right in with the RCSO. Maybe he should run for Sheriff.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/14/12 - 08:03 am
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Good point River, either RCSO

Good point River, either RCSO or Congress.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/14/12 - 08:11 am
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I think if we were Patriotic

I think if we were Patriotic and Honorable we would all demand all our taxes are raised (Like Biden suggests) say to at least 35-45% of our income. We don't know how to manage it so we should give it to the govt who knows best. It is discriminatory to want to steal it (if you can somehow justify taking it form one group you are morally corrupt, a hypocrite, and a thief) just from one socioeconomic group. NO honor or patriotism in discrimination and stealing is there. Like our President all Americans, but especially Dems, should be demanding an increase in their taxes.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/14/12 - 09:28 am
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Remember when some RCSO high

Remember when some RCSO high ranking officers (at least one running for Sheriff) went to DC to work security at Obama's inauguration? After seeing the trouble Obama's Secret Service got in down in Columbia with the prostitutes, you kind of feel like the RCSO fits right in with the Secret Service.

faithson
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faithson 04/14/12 - 09:34 am
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'Pride goeth before

'Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.'

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