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UT Coach Admits To Affair With Student
Major Applewhite, the University of Texas football offensive coordinator, says he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
UT officials released a statement from both Major Applewhite and Athletics Director Deloss Dodds.
Applewhite says made a regretful decision resulting in behavior that was totally inappropriate. It was a one-time occurrence and was a personal matter. The incident occurred at the 2009 fiesta bowl.
Statement issued Friday night from University of Texas Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds:
"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."
Statement by Major Applewhite -
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.
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