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    Gov. Mike Beebe supports Bobby Petrino firing

    11:51 AM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
    Coach Bobby Petrino speaking at a press conference after being released from hospital.
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe says he supports Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long's firing of Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino.

    Beebe returned from a 12-day trade mission to China on Monday. The governor was away for last week's revelation that the successful coach and married father of four had a former mistress in tow when he wrecked his motorcycle April 1. Long said Petrino gave a $20,000 gift to former volleyball player Jessica Dorrell before hiring her over 158 other applicants for a recruiting job.

    Beebe says the university didn't have much of a choice other than firing Petrino and that the scandal is sad for everyone involved. Beebe says Petrino's actions will leave a mark on the university, but says the way Long handled the situation is more important.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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