Updated: Bobby Petrino said he was alone on motorcycle


Uh… what?

When Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, a police statement Monday morning only mentioned Petrino in a recap of the incident.

Turns out, the coach wasn’t alone.

A police report released states that Petrino had a female passenger on the back of the motorcycle at the time of the accident. The woman has been identified as Jessica Dorrell, a former UA volleyball player and Razorbacks Foundation employee who became the student-athelte development coordinator for football last month.

That report conflicts with an answer Petrino gave 5News in Arkansas Tuesday after his press conference. When asked if he was alone on the bike, Petrino answered with “yeah.” 

Below are snippets from the report:

“Accident situation: operator Petrino (V-1) was traveling west on his motorcycle in the westbound lane of Arkansas State Highway 16 with passenger Dorrell riding on the back…

Post crash activities: Operator Petrino (V-1) and passenger Dorrell were not present at the accident scene when I arrived. EMS was not notified of the traffic accident. Operator Petrino (V-1) and passenger Dorrell were transported from the collision scene to the intersection of East Huntsville Road and Crossover Road in Fayetteville… Upon arrival at the intersection… passenger Dorrell departed in her personel [sic] vehicle. Operator of (V-1) Petrino was transported to physician specialty hospital by ASP Captain Lance King in his ASP vehicle.” 

When asked on Tuesday about how he received help at the site of the accident, Petrino answered as follows:

“When I came out of a ditch, there was a lady there that had flagged down a car. And the guy that was in the passenger seat said get in we’ll just take you right to the hospital.”

The police report states officers spoke with both Petrino and Dorrell on Tuesday in a follow-up to the accident.

Arkansas’ release on the incident said the accident involved “no other individuals.”  The school has not commented on the matter since the police report was released.

The question now becomes a matter of who didn’t tell the truth, Petrino or the university?

(Hat tip: Arkansas Times) 

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.