Texas’ football assistant Major Applewhite admits relationship with student
Austin, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite revealed that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student four years ago during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl trip.
“Several years ago, I made a regretful decision resulting in behavior that was totally inappropriate,” Applewhite’s statement read. “It was a one-time occurrence and was a personal matter.”
After it occurred, Applewhite said he took up the matter with athletic director DeLoss Dodds and accepted full responsibility for his actions.
“This is and was resolved four years ago with the university,” said Applewhite, who became the second coach within the Texas athletic department in the past month to admit to such relations.
Former track coach Bev Kearney resigned in January after disclosing that she had an intimate consensual relationship with a student.
After Applewhite’s admission, Dodds said he reviewed the situation and imposed the appropriate sanctions, including salary freeze from Feb. 5, 2009 until Jan 1, 2010 and counseling.
“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,” Applewhite said. “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.”
However, Texas has called a special meeting of the board of regents for Sunday at 1:45 p.m. ET to tackle Applewhite’s case.
In 2001, Texas implemented a rule that mandated system employees, faculty or anyone in a supervisory position report any consensual relationship with a student.