Texas Relays clouded by scandal over track program

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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 3:08 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Relays is typically a showcase event for one of the nation's most prominent college track programs, drawing some of the top names in the sport, including Olympians and world champions.

This year's meet, which runs through Saturday, is under a cloud of scandal that has rocked the University of Texas program.

Women's track coach Bev Kearney resigned in January as she was about to be fired over revelations that she had a relationship with an athlete in 2002.

Last week, Kearney went public with her long-simmering rivalry with men's coach Bubba Thornton. Kearney also says she was verbally abused or ignored by administrators when she complained.

Kearney has filed federal and state race and gender discrimination complaints, the first steps toward filing a lawsuit against the university.

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