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On Friday evening it was revealed that Texas Co-Offensive Coordinator Major Applewhite engaged in a one-time consensual “inappropriate relationship” with an adult student at the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.Â Â The incident was reportedly discussed with appropriate administrative officials at TexasÂ shortly after it took place and punishment was immediately implemented, including a freezeÂ of Applewhite’s pay for almost a year.
The statement released byÂ Deloss Dodds:
Major Applewhite engaged in inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student one time during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl activities,” said Dodds in the statement. “After learning of his behavior later that month, I took immediate action to review the situation. We promptly initiated an inquiry with assistance from the university’s Legal Affairs office and other units outside of Athletics. Major admitted his inappropriate conduct and he was disciplined. In determining appropriate discipline, we analyze the facts and circumstances surrounding the behavior and its relation to job responsibilities. Major fully accepted his discipline, including counseling. We have high standards for behavior and expect our staff and coaches to adhere to them in all aspects of their lives. I believe that the appropriate discipline was taken in this case.
And Applewhite’s statement:
Several years ago, I made a regretful decision resulting in behavior that was totally inappropriate. It was a one-time occurrence and was a personal matter. Shortly after it occurred, I discussed the situation with DeLoss Dodds. I was upfront and took full responsibility for my actions. This is and was resolved four years ago with the University. Through counsel I have worked with my wife and the incident is behind us. I am regretful for my mistake and humbled by this. I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment it has caused my friends, family, and the University. I appreciate all of them. Iâ€™ve learned and grown from this and look forward to my work at Texas.
University of Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney resigned in early January after admiting an affair with a former student-athlete.Â Kearney’s affair happened more than 10 years before she resigned as a result of a university investigation.
The University Board of Regents has scheduled a meeting for Sunday.