The other shoe is dropping in Arkansas, as Jessica Dorrell has been put on paid administrative leave by the U of A, presumably a prelude to getting the axe herself.
Maybe maybe not.
A morals clause is pretty standard for a college coach, but I'm not sure about somebody who just works in the athletic department at whatever menial job she does. (insert joke here) May have some rule against inter-office relations they could nail on her. Don't really know, don't really care for that matter either. She can't come back to Arkansas and her career in sports is over anyway you look at it. She may not even be able to get a job period because of this. I would not hire a known adulterer for a mid to low level position.
Her career in sports is not over since her previous job with the Foundation was fundraising/sales. If she can sell, she could get a job. That said, at 26, she should take a settlement and go into pharmaceutical sales and make real $$$.
Petrino was under contract with Arkansas as an Administrator, while Dorrell was an "at will" employee aka Staff or for the short time she was on payroll before her administrative leave. All of that plays out here, the University's HR Manual
More and more is coming out regarding her hire, but none of that is really the fault of her, the applicant. Also remember while ~160 people applied for the job, that does not mean that all met the preferred requirements for the position, however the two other was a finalists had much more
.SI goes through a lot of this and how both the AD and HR let it go through last month.
Plus not all of the FOIA requests have yet to be filled/approved.
Records show that on March 12, Carrie DeBriyn, the human resources manager for Arkansas athletics, e-mailed the university's Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance to ask that the hiring process be expedited at Petrino's behest. The e-mail said, "Coach Petrino would like to request to interview early due to needing a Player Development Coordinator as quickly as possible." Without filling the position quickly, DeBriyn wrote, "we could potentially make a recruiting error with NCAA rules and regulations." At 10:44 a.m. that same day, approval was granted to interview candidates. According to records, however, Dorrell's interviews had already been scheduled and were set to begin at 9:30 that same morning.
According to his resume, Wilkerson completed a master's degree in sports management at LSU in August 2011. He also had the most extensive football background. Wilkerson was a four-year starter at offensive line at LSU, from 2001 to '04. He was part of the school's 2004 national championship team and was named a first-team All-America. He went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2005 and '06, and for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and '08. Petrino was Atlanta's head coach in '07. At the time he applied for the Arkansas job, Wilkerson was an intern with the LSU football program. Wilkerson, who joined Grambling State as offensive line coach this month, did not want to comment specifically on the Arkansas situation. "I'm ready to just go on," he told SI.com. "Of course I interviewed for the position, but I'd rather not discuss it because of the whole thing ... I'm starting a new job now and that's my focal point."
Polite says he is disappointed that Wilkerson, who is African-American, was apparently the runner-up in an unfair process. There is "a lack of representation of African-American males in player development positions ... hiring is often not based on merit."
Fields, the third finalist, has two master's degrees from Arkansas, one in communication and one in education, and is currently a law school student at the law school. She worked as a tutor at Arkansas for student athletes, and since '09 had been an Arkansas recruiting assistant and helped organize summer football camps -- which is one of the player development coordinator's duties -- recruiting visits, and team travel. Petrino is listed among Fields's references.
Dorrell's resume, unlike the other two, makes no specific mention of the job requirements, but does mention other traits, like "fundraising skills" that are not part of the Arkansas job listing. At the time of her application, according to her resume, the former All-SEC volleyball player was working as the assistant director for women's athletics at the Razorback Foundation, and before that worked as a graduate assistant in the athletic department.
According to the records, Dorrell met with director of football operations Mark Robinson at 9:30 a.m. on March 12. After a second meeting at 10:15 a.m. with members of the football staff, Dorrell met with Petrino at 11. Her final meeting was at 1:30 p.m. with Jason Shumaker, director of high school relations, and Kevin Peoples, defensive tackles coach.