Mounting and embarassing losses on the football field haven't yet been enough to topple Mack Brown or DeLoss Dodds. But the seemingly inconsequential (in terms of football) recent forced resignation of Women's Track Coach Bev Kearney because of a relationship with a student-athlete followed by the revelation Friday that Major Applewhite was disciplined but not fired for an encounter with a student in 2009 could finally be the breaking point in the careers of the Texas coach and AD.
See below for statements from Applewhite and Dodds. Here are links to the conversations on the IT Members board you simply must read:
JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH: We've Been Sitting On the Applewhite Stuff
UPDATE FROM JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH:
The Board of Regents and Miscellany
MEMBERS CONVERSATION: My cigarettes say...
ERIC NAHLIN: Applewhite situation to affect recruiting?
MEMBERS CONVERSATION: Joe Jamail representing Applewhite in court
MEMBERS CONVERSATION: Calling My Shot re Applewhite
MEMBERS CONVERSATION: Time to clean house!!!
MEMBERS CONVERSATION: How Quickly Can We Get Luck as AD?
Applewhite's statement to the Daily Texan:
"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 (athletic director) 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: "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
"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."