In one article, SI lays out the reasons why Petrino had to be fired. The bullet points:
--Arkansas has an Affirmative Action requirement that all job openings must be posted for 30 days before interviewing may commence. Listing for the position Dorrell was hired for published March 4. Petrino asked for, and received a waiver of this 30-day policy for interviews on March 9, and had that waiver approved on March 12...which was good, because he'd already scheduled an interview for Dorrell on the 12th before getting approval.
--Job listing cited 2 years of experience in a football program as a requirement. Dorrell has none.
--Job listing cited a preference of a Master's level education. Dorrell does not have a Master's degree.
--One finalist for the job was a fellow named Ben Wilkerson, a former All American at LSU who briefly played in the NFL...for Bobby Petrino in Atlanta. But at least he was qualified on the football end of things.
--One finalist for the job was a woman named Tiffany Fields. Ms. Fields has two Master's degrees from Arkansas, and has worked since '09 in the athletic department as a student tutor as well as football camp coordinator as well as travel arranger and coordinator for recruiting visits. Didn't get the job. Guess she wouldn't put out?
--On March 19 Petrino asked for another waiver to make a hire. Remember, the job notice had gone up March 4th and normally requires a 30-day period past the posting date before interviews can take place. Waiver was granted and Dorrell was hired.
--In the request to make the hire on March 19, Petrino noted that neither Wilkerson or Fields was appropriately qualified for the job and that Dorrell was the best-qualifed person to take the position.
--Petrino's interview notes attached to the application and recoverable by SI by FOIA request, are a hoot: "the most overall experience of building relationships that the football program is looking for." Yeah Bobby. I'll bet.
That $8m Arkansas saved by firing Petrino instead of buying him out? Yeah, that money's going to be spent on settling lawsuits with anyone who applied for this job.
"It's my manner, sir. It looks insubordinate, but it isn't, really."