Bobby Petrino gets tripped up by “moral clause”

Moral clause caught up with Bobby Petrino this time around.  In the article below you will read “the lure of beautiful young women can also be an irresistible combination.” Never was there a more true statement. Adultery is a trap that will get many men who are not watching where they are walking. Below I have posted what Proverbs 7 had to say about the trap of adultery and these words were penned by the wisest man who ever lived (Solomon).

Arkansas AD Jeff Long steps up and fires football coach Bobby Petrino


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Bobby Petrino was fired as Arkansas’ football coach on Tuesday. (Icon SMI)
By Ben Cook, columnist
When all the mess broke loose at Penn State, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was probably glad he was not in the shoes of Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. But when Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino went off the road with his motorcycle on April 1st, Long quickly found out it was no April Fool’s joke.
He also found out he was suddenly in Curley’s shoes.
The circumstances were different, but a nasty mess was dropped into Long’s lap and in his hastily called news conference on the evening of April 5th it was apparent that Long was not prepared for this. After all, Petrino was his man and bringing him to Fayetteville from the Atlanta Falcons was considered a big feather in Long’s cap.
But Long’s golden boy had lied to him in his initial conversations about the accident. Petrino had said that he was alone on his motorcycle, Which is what he told everybody including his family and his boss.
But Petrino was not alone. In fact, he was with Jessica Dorrell, a 25-year old former Razorback volleyball player and current Razorback Foundation fundraiser who also happens to be quite a looker.
Petrino held a news conference and said that no other individuals were involved and Petrino’s family, which includes a wife and four children, also released a statement saying that nobody else was involved.
And then it all went down the drain when a police report was released that said Petrino was not alone and was in fact with Dorrell. Petrino then said that he had kept quiet about Dorrell out of concern for his family and presumably for Dorrell. But in the aftermath things got worse and worse.
“My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public. In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details,” said Petrino. “Today I’ve acknowledged this previous inappropriate relationship with my family and those within the athletic department administration.”
That’s when Long’s involvement got dicey. He met with the media last Thursday night and said basically that he was putting the coach on paid administrative leave while he sorted out all the details. Other than that, Long had no other answers. He didn’t know how long the leave would be. He claimed to have no knowledge of any morals clause in Petrino’s contract. He didn’t know if Dorrell would be put on leave. He didn’t know if Petrino’s job was in jeopardy. In fact, Long didn’t appear to know anything and he was clearly uncomfortable talking about it.
Remember, Petrino was Long’s hire and he had to be thinking that Curley had lost his job at Penn State because of his inaction in the Jerry Sandusky case. Could inaction to come down hard on Petrino be considered in the same manner as Curley’s inaction? That had to be running through Long’s mind. On the other hand, Petrino is wildly popular in Arkansas after going 21-5 in the past two seasons. Coming down hard on Petrino could incite Razorback fans to turn on Long.
Several hundred Arkansas fans held a “Save our Coach” rally Monday in Fayetteville. So Petrino had what he calls “an inappropriate relationship” with a young female employee who was hired by Petrino. Was the hiring a payback for the relationship? Perhaps to keep it quiet? Who knows? Petrino can call it “an inappropriate relationship” all he wants, but everybody else will call it an affair and he will not be able to dodge that for the rest of his life.
Petrino also said, “My hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my athletic director, the Razorback Nation and remain the coach of the Razorbacks.”
Going 21-5 in two years normally would go a long way toward repairing his standing with Razorback Nation, who probably don’t much care that he had a girl on the side, especially if they’ve seen her.
Mending fences with his athletic director who had to face up to the fact that Petrino had lied to him, would be tougher. Clearly Long didn’t want to fire Petrino, but he felt the pressure for a dramatic gesture. And he was the boss. The buck stopped with him. The integrity of the University of Arkansas was in his hands.
Tuesday Long took action and fired Petrino.
The coach who walked out on the Atlanta Falcons before the season had even ended to go to Arkansas had the rug pulled out from under him in the middle of spring practice. His “inappropriate relationship” with Dorrell was his downfall
Mending fences with his family might also be another story. Who knows how his wife and kids might react to this situation.
That’s why I can’t help but wonder why coaches — any coaches — would risk all of that for “an inappropriate relationship”. It has happened before in the SEC and will likely happen again and probably every athletic director in the conference is praying that his coaches never put them in Jeff Long’s shoes.
But let’s face it; every coach has two things that make him a target — power and money. For some women that is an irresistible combination. But don’t forget, it takes two to make an “inappropriate relationship” and for coaches who have the money and power, the lure of beautiful young women can also be an irresistible combination.With that money and power comes great responsibility. Like it or not, coaches are role models as leaders of young men and are faces of responsibility.
So coaches beware: if you are forced to pay the piper, the fall can be devastating
According to Solomon where will adultery end up?

Proverbs 7:5-27

The Message (MSG)

Proverbs 7

Dressed to Seduce

 1-5 Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions.
Do what I say and you’ll live well.
   My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it!
Write it out on the back of your hands;
   etch it on the chambers of your heart.
Talk to Wisdom as to a sister.
   Treat Insight as your companion.
They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress—
   that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.

 6-12 As I stood at the window of my house
   looking out through the shutters,
Watching the mindless crowd stroll by,
   I spotted a young man without any sense
Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived,
   then turning up the path to her house.
It was dusk, the evening coming on,
   the darkness thickening into night.
Just then, a woman met him—
   she’d been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him.
Brazen and brash she was,
   restless and roaming, never at home,
Walking the streets, loitering in the mall,
   hanging out at every corner in town.

 13-20 She threw her arms around him and kissed him,
   boldly took his arm and said,
“I’ve got all the makings for a feast—
   today I made my offerings, my vows are all paid,
So now I’ve come to find you,
   hoping to catch sight of your face—and here you are!
I’ve spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed,
   colorful imported linens.
My bed is aromatic with spices
   and exotic fragrances.
Come, let’s make love all night,
   spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking!
My husband’s not home; he’s away on business,
   and he won’t be back for a month.”

 21-23 Soon she has him eating out of her hand,
   bewitched by her honeyed speech.
Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her,
   like a calf led to the butcher shop,
Like a stag lured into ambush
   and then shot with an arrow,
Like a bird flying into a net
   not knowing that its flying life is over.

 24-27 So, friends, listen to me,
   take these words of mine most seriously.
Don’t fool around with a woman like that;
   don’t even stroll through her neighborhood.
Countless victims come under her spell;
   she’s the death of many a poor man.
She runs a halfway house to hell,
   fits you out with a shroud and a coffin.


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