Students react to Major Applewhite's relationship with student


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

Bio | Email | Follow: @HeatherK_KVUE

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 11:37 PM

AUSTIN -- Another University of Texas coach has admitted to a relationship with a student.

Offensive coordinator Major Applewhite says he had a consensual, inappropriate relationship with an adult student during the Fiesta Bowl back in 2009.

Students on campus Saturday say they think this type of behavior looks poorly on the entire university.

Even those who don't follow football say what coaches do on and off the field affects the image at UT.

"It reflects on our school. So that's kinda bad," said junior Jenny Zurita.

"The football program is very storied and second most winningest program in the nation. You've got to hold your self to a higher standard," sophomore Ian Hanes told KVUE.  "I think it looks poorly on the university because as being one of the biggest universities in the nation, we kinda have an image we need to uphold."

In a statement Applewhite said, "I was upfront and took full responsibility for my actions. This is and was resolved four years ago with the university."

UT Men's Athletics Director Deloss Dodds said in a statement he believes the appropriate discipline was taken in Applewhite's case back in 2009. Applewhite's salary was suspended for most of 2009, and he had to see a counselor.

Senior Ryan Sisak says he doesn't think Applewhite should face further sanctions since the one time act was consensual. "You've got to let adults make their own decisions. I think he already paid the price for it," he said.

The identity of the student involved in the 2009 incident with Applewhite has not been released.

Back in October Bev Kearney, the former University of Texas woman's track and field head coach, admitted to an intimate relationship with a student athlete. She resigned just last month when the university told her a termination process would begin.

Kearney's relationship with a student was back in 2002. The hall of fame track coach had been with the university since 1993.