Bobby Petrino in motorcycle accident
Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, sources told ESPN's Joe Schad.
A source close to Petrino told Schad the coach has broken ribs, among other injuries, and is "pretty banged up." The 51-year-old is focused and determined to return to practice as quickly as possible, but it could take some time for him to recover, the source said.
In a statement issued through the university, Petrino's family said the coach "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."
The accident happened Sunday night on Arkansas Highway 16 in Madison County, near the community of Crosses, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Petrino was operating a motorcycle that left the highway and crashed, Sadler said.
Athletic director Jeff Long said he met with Petrino and his wife, Becky, at a hospital Monday afternoon but disclosed no details of any injuries.
"Coach Petrino is resting comfortably and is encouraged by the progress of his recovery," he said. "I know that he is very much looking forward to returning to spring practice at the earliest opportunity. In the course of our visit, the Petrinos expressed their appreciation for all the thoughts and well wishes that have come in from all over the country."
Sadler said Petrino's motorcycle left the highway and crashed, adding that it will take two to three days before Petrino's accident report is available.
Petrino was taken to a hospital in Washington County, Sadler said. He declined to say which hospital Petrino was taken to and said he didn't know the coach's condition.
The Razorbacks weren't scheduled to practice Monday, but the team did gather in the afternoon for a previously scheduled meeting. Arkansas is scheduled to practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week, and it was not clear how Petrino's accident would affect that.
An avid motorcycle enthusiast, the 51-year-old Petrino has talked about owning a motorcycle and going for rides around northern Arkansas.
In a 2008 interview with Northwest Arkansas Media, Petrino said he has been an avid rider since he was 10. The Helena, Mont., native said at the time that he owned a Harley-Davidson and four other motorcycles.
"It's relaxing to me," Petrino said then. "You get out and you get to see some good scenery, and I like to ride up to Beaver Lake. It's pretty up there. I've been around the outdoors. I grew up around the outdoors my whole life."
Petrino said he had never been in a bad accident on a motorcycle, although he and his friends had some mishaps.
"Well, there was always the school of hard knocks," Petrino said. "We fell off a few times and learned about it."
Petrino is entering his fifth season at Arkansas, where he has a 34-17 record and three bowl game appearances. The Razorbacks finished 2011 ranked No. 5 and beat Kansas State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Prior to Arkansas, Petrino coached the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. He left the Falcons after 13 games in the 2007 season to join the Razorbacks.
Petrino was a college head coach at Louisville before that, guiding the Cardinals to a 41-9 record from 2003 to '07.
ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad, ESPN.com SEC writer Chris Low and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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