April's fool

Posted: December 27, 2012 at 12:27 a.m.

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a news conference in Fayetteville on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after being released from a hospital.

Bobby Petrino’s meteoric rise as Arkansas’ football coach crashed and burned after an April 1 joy ride gone awry.Athletic Director Jeff Long fired Petrino on April 10 after an athletic department investigation turned up details that Petrino had “engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior... before and after the motorcycle accident.” Bobby Petrino’s April Fools face plant will live on as a defining moment in his career, a pivotal chapter in Arkansas football history and as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ’s 2012 Sports Story of the Year.

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