Arkansas officials have issued a statement following the firing of radio reporter Renee Gork after she wore a Florida hat to Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino's news conference last Saturday.
After Petrino answered one of her questions, he remarked that he wouldn't be answering any more questions from her while she was wearing that hat. Gork, a Florida graduate, said it was a dumb mistake on her part to wear the hat. She said she was fired from her job at KAKS Hog Sports Radio because it appeared as if she would no longer be allowed to cover practice any more.
In its statement, Arkansas emphasized that it was not involved in Gork's firing:
"The University of Arkansas has no connection to The Hog Sports Radio and has no direct or indirect control over the station’s management or personnel decisions. University of Arkansas athletic department personnel did communicate to the reporter that her attendance at Monday’s practice was not recommended to allow additional time to pass. The University wishes to be very clear that it did not request any employment action with regard to the reporter."