Records obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information Act request clearly show Petrino remained in close contact with Dorrell following the April 1 motorcycle accident in which Petrino suffered four broken ribs, a cracked neck vertebra and scrapes and bruises.
That day, Petrino and Dorrell went for a motorcycle ride on a two-lane highway southeast of Fayetteville and skidded off the road. Petrino and Dorrell talked for 16 minutes earlier that day before the crash at 6:45 p.m., and they also had a 22-minute conversation the following day - while Petrino was still in the hospital recovering. Dorrell was not injured.
Petrino's accident report was disclosed by state police on April 5, and the two talked 11 times that day. That included a pair of 2-minute calls around 3:30 p.m., which is when police released the report.
The cellphone records show Petrino and Dorrell were in close contact at least as far back as Sept. 12. Among the findings:
Petrino, a married father of four, exchanged 91 texts with Dorrell on Sept. 13 and 84 texts with her over 5 hours on Oct. 28. On Oct. 17, the two swapped 73 text messages, and on 4 days in a row in the week before a loss to eventual national champion Alabama, Petrino called Dorrell early - at 5:52, 6:35, 5:49 and 7:55 a.m.
Petrino, 51, led Arkansas to a 21-5 record over the past two seasons and a No. 5 ranking in last season's final AP poll. He has issued an apology and said he was focused on trying to make amends to his family.