Arkansas' Petrino in stable condition after motorcycle wreck

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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino veered off a two-lane highway in the rolling hills of northern Arkansas on Sunday night, crashing his motorcycle and winding up in the hospital.

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State Police spokesman Bill Sadler confirmed details of the accident Monday and that Petrino was taken to a hospital. The coach’s family said in a statement released by the school that Petrino was in “stable condition.”

“Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals,” the statement said. “He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Our family appreciates respect for our privacy during the recovery and we are grateful for the thoughts of Razorback fans at this time.”

TENNESSEE: Da’Rick Rogers said Monday the situation last week that led to the junior wide receiver missing Thursday’s practice and sparked reports of a possible transfer isn’t a controversy and is now in the past.

The Georgia native dealt with what he said were personal issues he had to handle off the field, but is focused on the future and helping the Volunteers rebound from a 5-7 season in 2011.

“I wasn’t really trying to be a distraction, but it was a situation that we got handled,” Rogers said. “Everything is good now. As a team, now we are focusing on moving forward.”

Rogers said he never considered transferring, and expects the Volunteers to become “a championship-contending team” this season.

AUBURN: Quarterback Kiehl Frazier is growing more comfortable in Auburn’s new offense, while Clint Moseley has been limited by a sore shoulder.

Tigers coach Gene Chizik says he won’t necessarily name a starter after spring practice in spite of the circumstances. Chizik says coaches will make that decision “when we feel comfortable with that” and haven’t set a time frame.

Frazier says he’s already more comfortable with a couple of weeks in Scot Loeffler’s offense than he was in a full season in Gus Malzahn’s system.

Frazier and Moseley are battling for an edge after a season in which none of the quarterbacks could lock down the No. 1 spot.


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