Don't see The Longhorn Network following this story too closely ... For the time being, University of Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is not the program's assistant coach feeling the most uncomfortable.
That would be former UT quarterback and current co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.
On Friday night (odd timing), UT director of athletics DeLoss Dodds released the following statement:
“Major Applewhite engaged in inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student one time during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl activities. 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.”
In turn, Applewhite also issued his own 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. I’ve learned and grown from this and look forward to my work at Texas."
What makes this so odd is that this news comes out about four years after Dodds addressed Applewhite, when he was the team's running backs coach. The issue was already privately handled. If he was going to be fired, he would already would have been fired.
This is not a situation like Bobby Petrino. There was no one on the payroll. Applewhite's relationship was not with a player, which ... wow ... that would be awkward.
So why publicly address it now?
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