Major Applewhite admits to inappropriate relationship with student

Major Applewhite

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Texas Longhorns assistant head coach Major Applewhite on the sidelines in Lubbock for a game against Texas Tech on September 18, 2010. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 7:39 PM

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas assistant football coach Major Applewhite has acknowledged he was disciplined by the school for having an inappropriate relationship with a student at the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

In separate statements released Friday night, Applewhite and athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Applewhite had his pay frozen for a year and was ordered to undergo counseling. Applewhite also was warned that a repeat offense would have more serious consequences.

In his statement, Applewhite said he was embarrassed by the incident. Neither Applewhite or the school released further details.

Dodds called the incident something that happened between consenting adults and considered it resolved.

Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney resigned in January as the school was in the process of firing her for having a relationship with one of her athletes in 2002.

Major 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 experience. I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment it has caused my friends, family, and the University. I appreciate all of them. I've learned and grown from this and look forward to my work at Texas."

DeLoss Dodds' statement

"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."