Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite engaged in “inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student” in 2009, according to a statement released Friday by Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, CBSSports.com reported.
“Major Applewhite engaged in inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student one time during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl activities,” said Dodds in the statement. “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.”
There were no additional details about the incident or why the information was released now.
Earlier this month Texas track coach Bev Kearney resigned after admitting to having a relationship with an athlete in her program in 2002.
The Texas Board of Regents has called an emergency meeting for February 3.
Applewhite was a quarterback for the Longhorns from 1998 to 2001, and he has been a member of head coach Mack Brown’s staff at Texas since 2008.