AUSTIN, Texas —
When Kearney resigned, school officials said it didn’t appear Kearney had engaged in any other inappropriate behavior with students, but that the relationship with the athlete “crosses the line of trust placed in the head coach for all aspects of the athletic program and the best interests of the student athletes on the team.”
A public records request by the Daily Texan student newspaper revealed a disciplinary letter to Applewhite from athletic director DeLoss Dodds. Applewhite, a former Texas quarterback who was the Longhorns’ running backs coach in his first season on staff, was ordered to undergo counseling. His salary was frozen for a year.
Dodds’ letter warned Applewhite that any more such actions by him could result in more serious punishment. Applewhite has since been promoted to co-offensive coordinator and will call plays for Texas next season.
In a statement Friday night, Applewhite, who is married and one of the most popular assistants on Mack Brown’s staff, said he was embarrassed by his conduct at the bowl game.
“It was a one-time occurrence and was a personal matter,” Applewhite said. “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 by the university four years ago. Through counseling, I have worked with my wife and the incident is behind us.”
Dodds said the university’s legal office looked in the matter at the time and said Applewhite had been given appropriate punishment.
Joe Jamail, a Houston attorney and prominent supporter of the athletic program who is advising Applewhite, did not immediately return a phone message.