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Firing Signals New World of Sports

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Welcome to the post-Penn State era of college athletics. Welcome to a world when athletic directors and college administrators finally have the power again, and welcome to a time when coaches are nothing more than just coaches.

There was just cause for Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long to fire Bobby Petrino.

Petrino, who's married with four kids, lied to his boss and deceived him about the motorcycle accident that got the whole scandal rolling. He wasn’t honest about his relationship with Jessica Dorrell, an Arkansas employee he hired and gave a $20,000 gift to, trying to cover up the situation as much as possible.

In the end, Long couldn’t trust the leader of the Arkansas football program anymore, even though there were plenty of warning signs from...

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