Arkansas' players in shock at Petrino firing

 Arkansas' players in shock at Petrino firing

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Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a news conference at a Fayetteville, Ark., on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after being released from a hospital after he was injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, April 1. The 51-year-old says he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which occurred on Arkansas Highway 16 in Madison County _ about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville. State law does not require an adult rider wear a helmet. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas players described feelings of shock and disappointment and are rallying around what's left of the current coaching staff following Bobby Petrino's firing.

Several of the Razorbacks and the team's coaches spoke for the first time Friday night following a scrimmage during spring practice in Razorback Stadium.

Petrino was fired Tuesday for failing to disclose his relationship with football staffer Jessica Dorrell and withholding other information, including that he had once given her $20,000 for a car. The university put the 25-year-old Dorrell on paid leave Friday.

Arkansas quarterback and running back Knile Davis said they had no idea of Petrino's relationship with Dorrell.

Razorbacks offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, brother of Bobby Petrino, also said he had no idea -- and that he will support his brother, who he said is paying for his mistakes.

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