Bobby Petrino of Arkansas Razorbacks placed on paid leave pending investigation

I am beginning to wonder what is the criteria for a scandal at a major university. This is the head football coach of the 2012 Cotton Bowl champions. One of the premiere programs in the SEC!!! Where is the outrage? Where is the demand for him to step down?

Arkansas placed football coach Bobby Petrino on paid leave Thursday after he failed to disclose he had been riding with a female employee half his age when his motorcycle skidded off the road over the weekend.

Petrino apologized and said he had been concerned about protecting his family and keeping an "inappropriate relationship from becoming public."

"I will fully cooperate with the university throughout this process and my hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my athletic director, the Razorback Nation and remain the head coach of the Razorbacks," he said in a statement issued by the university.

Athletic director Jeff Long announced the decision at a late-night news conference and said he had no timeline in determining the 51-year-old Petrino's future with the Razorbacks.

"I'm at the beginning of the review. I don't know what I'm going to find," Long said.

Long said he was disappointed he didn't hear about the passenger -- former Arkansas volleyball player and football program employee Jessica Dorrell, who is 25 -- until Petrino called him Thursday afternoon, minutes before a police report was released that disclosed her presence at the accident.

Long said assistant head coach Taver Johnson has been put in charge of the program while he conducts a review that could lead, based on conduct clauses in Petrino's contract, to a possible suspension or firing.

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