Skip to comments.Texas Football Coach's Affair With A Student Leaves Many Unanswered Questions
Posted on 02/02/2013 1:43:08 PM PST by jimbo123
University of Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and the school's athletic director released a joint statement on Friday night acknowledging that Applewhite had an "inappropriate" relationship with a student during the team's trip to the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.
Beyond the cheating on his wife while she was apparently nine months pregnant*, the timing of this announcement raises a lot of questions for the University of Texas and how it handled the affair.
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I read the article twice... it never said a male student or female student. Not that it matters but found it interesting it wasn’t mentioned.
According to Applewhite’s statement, it was a one-time on a bowl trip thing — hardly qualifies as an “affair”.
Yeah, The Finger Bowl.
Most Universities don’t give a rip if the profs diddle the students, so I don’t see the problem here.
I smell what clearly indicates a “loss of institutional control.” Fire the entire male coaching staff, fine the university $1 billion, and void all their victories retoractive to the beginning of time; and since it all happened on a bowl trip, no more bowls for the team unless future players and coaches submit to chemical castration.
Joe Jamiel, the largest donor to the University of Texas in its history and a retired lawyer (I’ve heard), has been retained to represent/advise Major Applewhite in this case. The football stadium at UT includes Jamiel’s name in it’s official nomenclature. The UT Board of Regents in Austin is meeting tomorrow - ostensibly to discuss this matter. Would they dare decide against their “cash cow” (the “lucre-ous” Longhorn from Houston) and discipline Applewhite? If not, then former coach Kearney would have a legal leg to stand on, I believe, as per his treatment following his earlier incident/affair and subsequent firing.
You would be surprised how many of these college coaches are fooling around with coeds, cheerleaders, and female staff
I knew someone who was on a coaching search committee for an SEC school. Told me the weirdest thing about the search was the number of candidates who had cheerleader girlfriends.....and these were men in their 40s and 50s. No...they did not hire them
UT has always been sleazy.
UT has always been sleazy.
The problem is that UT fired a black female coach for sex with a student. And UT has a specific written policy against such relationships.
The ‘unanswered question’ is why Applewhite hasn’t been treated the same as the black female.
Every male teenager's dream come true.
I have since had occasions to be on major Texas university campuses, and I can tell you that the parade is just blinding.
Add in that these days, the hotties know they are that and are extremely aggressive, so humans are going to be humans and occasionally somebody makes a major misstep and gets caught.
I don't know whether your references to Kearney as "his" is intentional. But there is (possibly) a substantive difference to Kearney's case, which involved a student athlete. AFAIK Kearney's "student athlete" galpal was never identified, which would place her in an entirely different ethical position if the woman was someone she actually coached. Applewhite sounds like he has moral problems, but UT's beef with him is probably contractual, which means the penalty for doing what he did is either clearly spelled out or he gets his contract bought.
I left academia long ago, but anybody who has seen the college scene from the faculty side would not be the least bit surprised, and given that female professors now use the slightest overture from workplace colleagues to destroy their careers (and not, coincidentally, advance their own) it's probably worse now than it was in the 'Eighties (the Profs now having no one in their own age/peer group to hit upon.)
The fact that I always met students with my door open and reacted very negatively to gentle prodding that I was missing out on opportunities raised a few eyebrows. Some were quite offended when I told them I considered it outside the ethical canon to have anything but professional relationships with students. They saw nothing wrong with it. I'm sure coaches are no different.
You really have to feel sorry for this guy's wife. People who fool around on their spouses are very rarely single offenders. And in the circumstances in which this happened ...