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02/01/2013

What will Texas do with Major Applewhite? Nothing

Medium_applewhite tex AP ALcomDon'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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Comments

Bill

Because the girl is fixin to come forward with the story, no?

James

Dodds is covering himself......open records request by former track coach just hit pay dirt...sharpen the pencil boys the price just went up.

Steve

It boggles the mind that a guy could be AD at a university like UT and not be able to grasp that this was going to eventually come out. Dodds needs to be fired. So does Applewhite. Or you can keep them there and continue to tell the world you have no integrity, which, of course, everybody already knows anyway.

two shots and a chaser

Teflon

THE OSU

Is she just mad 'cause his moobs are bigger than hers?

jonathan clark

Because they fired or forced Bev Kearney (a Black woman) to resign because she had sex with a student 10 years. Well Bev knows all the coaches and instructors are having sex with their students. It's common place and old news that coaches/teachers and students are engaged in sexual activities. And you know everyone is all about kissing and telling now a days. So she heard it from another student who was a friend of the bonee. And when Major said he only did it one time....do you believe that lie? He been bone-ing students and teachers for years. Bev Got them all....lets watch and see how the university tries to worm their way out of this. Bev can I barrow a few hundred thousand dollars from you. You gonna have millions in a minute. And can I have your movie rights. It's a great movie. I can't wait to see it.

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