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No action taken by UT regents on Applewhite incident

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Late Friday night, Texas released a joint statement with Longhorns offensive coordinator Major Applewhite about an incident involving Applewhite and an adult student around the time of the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Applewhite, then a running backs coach for UT, engaged in “inappropriate, consensual behavior” with the student.

Earlier Friday, the University of Texas Board of Regents scheduled an executive session on Sunday afternoon to discuss, among other things, “Personnel Matters Relating to Appointment, Employment, Evaluation, Assignment, or Duties of Officers or Employees.” Per Mike Finger of the Houston Chronicle, only members of the UT system — in other words, no athletic director DeLoss Dodds or president Bill Powers — were a part of the meeting, no action was taken and no media questions were answered afterward.

What this means for Applewhite and UT going forward is still unclear. A statement released from members of the board only indicated that there would be a review of the system’s policies on relationships with students.

But all of this comes just weeks after UT’s women’s track and field coach, Bev Kearney, resigned because of a relationship she had with a student-athlete in 2002. From CNN’s profile of Kearney a month ago:

Derek Howard, Kearney’s attorney, said Monday that he and the coach were discussing her legal options, including a gender and race bias lawsuit. He planned to file open-records requests with the school this week, he said. He claimed that male coaches and professors at the school had similar relationships and weren’t punished.

My guess? Someone from Kearney’s team caught wind of Applewhite’s “behavior” from four years ago and told UT its reprimand of counseling and a pay freeze wasn’t consistent with what Kearney received, and then the board was informed of the situation.

Of course, there are variables in Applewhite’s situation that are important in determining whether Kearney has a legit case for a suit based on biases. Namely, what was the student’s relationship to Applewhite at the time of the incident?

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12 Responses to “No action taken by UT regents on Applewhite incident”
  1. ducknichols50 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:53 AM

    Applewhite was also recently out of college back then. So, he likely was only 3 or 4 years older than this person. The person was obviously over the age of 18 (since it specifically says “adult”). The track coach was coaching the player. I dont know any details of Applewhite’s affair, but unless it was with a player then this is a different situation than Kearney’s.

    I feel sorry for Applewhites wife. She not only had to live with this affair privately, but now she has to go through it all over again…..publically.

  2. blitz4848 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:01 AM

    Fact is HE was promoted to OC AFTER the affair
    and BOTH the HC and AD supposedly knew so what does this say about the UT athletic dept admin!!!!!

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 4, 2013 9:01 AM

    She was 8 months pregnant while he was banging a student trainer on the football team.

    What a piece of work he is.

  4. thekingdave says: Feb 4, 2013 9:03 AM

    New fact of the day, recently = 8 years. Awesome. I’m going to play that card with younger women with that logic.

  5. stairwayto7 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:04 AM

    Why do people think it was a female! I say it was a dude or UT would have said a adult female student.

  6. blitz4848 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:25 AM

    Say it ain’t so….Could he have been doing “Bevo?”

  7. thefiesty1 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:23 AM

    Non story.

  8. mogogo1 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    Strangest thing about it is that neither the university nor Applewhite have made clear it was a female. That’s pretty odd. The university just says it was a “student” and Applewhite’s apology didn’t mention the other party at all. Was it a guy?

  9. jimbo75025 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:23 PM

    Major would have been 30-31 in 2009.

    The lack of gender specific language is the most interesting part of this. Everybody here was an adult here and unless this “student” was involved with the football program Petrino style? Just makes Applewhite look like a scumbag for cheating on his pregnant wife. If the student was a dude, then yeah, this is a big story.

  10. dcroz says: Feb 4, 2013 3:31 PM

    I noticed the lack of pronouns, as well. Could be reading too much into it, but still….

    As it is, things today are not as they were a generation ago when it comes to faculty/student relationships at colleges. Time was that professors could have sexual relationships with students, and as long as they kept it quiet, the whole thing was overlooked by the school with a wink-wink-nudge-nudge. Nowadays, even dinner parties hosted by professors with several of their graduate students are frowned upon for fear of harassment or discrimination suits being filed against the institution, or at the very least the negative publicity that could come with it. The litigious society we have become has made even higher education paranoid.

  11. honkerdawg says: Feb 4, 2013 4:17 PM

    More swept under the carpet by UT. Guess this makes him the coach in waiting now

  12. mogogo1 says: Feb 4, 2013 4:36 PM

    I don’t know what Bev Kearney was paid as track coach but I’m thinking her settlement is going to be huge. (And bet on a settlement because no way does UT want it to go to trial and have even more embarrassing stories like this come out.)

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