UT's Major Applewhite admits to inappropriate relationship with student
KVUE — According to the University of Texas student-run newspaper The Daily Texan, UT offensive coordinator Major Applewhite admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a student in 2009.
On February 1, Applewhite released the following statement to The Daily Texan regarding the affair:
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.
In his statement, UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds said the affair was a one-time occurrence during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl activities.
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.