The school’s athletic department released the following statement:
“Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Our family appreciates respect for our privacy during the recovery and we are grateful for the thoughts of Razorback fans at this time.”
ESPN noted that Petrino was “pretty banged up.” That nugget of obvious information came from Joe Schad and apparently there was no need to elaborate from the Bob Woodward of college football news.
Petrino was traveling down Highway 16, southeast of Fayetteville, when his motorcycle veered off the road and wrecked.
Arkansas enters 2012 with a senior quarterback in Tyler Wilson and the return of oddly underrated runner Kniles Davis from injury. Coupled with an eleven win season in 2011, where the ‘Hogs only losses came to the BCS title game participants (Alabama and LSU) and a Cotton Bowl victory, expectations are steadily rising under Petrino.
The problem of course is the division Arkansas calls home. The Crimson Tide and Bayou Bengals aren’t headed anywhere so until Arkansas produces an elite defense, it’s going to be difficult to win the SEC West.
Absent any lingering effects of his accident, Arkansas and Bobby Petrino have a legitimate chance to win their first SEC championship since moving to the conference in 1992.