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Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino injured in motorcycle crash

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino is in stable condition after crashing his motorcycle. (Danny Johnston/AP)

Petrino’s family released a statement Monday morning through the university, saying the 51-year-old coach is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

According to state police, Petrino was riding his motorcycle near the town of Crosses in Madison County, Ark. when his bike veered off the highway and crashed. Police spokesman Bill Sader said Petrino was taken to a hospital for treatment.

A member of the Arkansas coaching staff told’s Chris Low that Petrino was “going to be OK,” but that he was hurt during the crash.

Here is the full statement from the family:

“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.”

Petrino, known as an avid motorcycle enthusiast, led the Razorbacks to an 11-2 record last season and a Cotton Bowl victory over Kansas State. In four seasons in Fayetteville, he’s 34-17.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.
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