"Late this afternoon I had an opportunity to visit with Coach Petrino and Becky at the hospital. Coach Petrino is resting comfortably and is encouraged by the progress of his recovery. 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. I am confident that everyone in the Razorback Nation is united in wishing Coach Petrino a speedy recovery."
9:50 a.m. update (from University of Arkansas Athletics Department):
Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident Sunday evening near the town of Crosses in Madison County, Arkansas. Arkansas State Police responded to the accident (see photos below).
The university is releasing the following statement from Coach Petrino's 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."
Jeff Long, director of athletics and vice chancellor, said he has been in touch with the Petrinos and added that he will consult with the family to provide additional information at a later time. Until then, there will be no further information or comment on the accident per the Petrinos' request.
Joe Schad, ESPN's National College Football reporter says via Twitter this morning that a person close to Coach Petrino reports his injuries in a Sunday night motorcycle accident in Madison County are not life-threatening but he is "pretty banged up."
Schad also tweets that Coach Petrino could take some time to recover but that he's focused and determined to return to practice as quickly as possible.
Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police confirmed earlier today that the accident happened around 6:45 along Highway 16 near the Crosses community.
The crash involved only Petrino's bike, Sadler said.
Accident scene photos courtesy NWAOnline.com via Hogville.net: