Bev Kearney, who had been the University of Texas track and field coach since 1993, has resigned. Someone recently went to the University with a revelation: back in 2002, Kearney had a “consensual intimate relationship” with a
male student-athlete. The school put Kearney on paid leave in November, and she made the decision to resign this week. From the Statesman:
Kearney said her decision to resign was tied to an investigation that UT officials began this past fall. At that time, university officials received information that Kearney engaged in what she called a “consensual intimate relationship” with an “adult student-athlete” that began in July of 2002 and ended months later after Kearney suffered critical spinal injuries in a Dec. 26, 2002, automobile accident.
Kearney said the student-athlete, whom she declined to identify, reported the relationship to UT officials in October, triggering the investigation that led to Kearney being placed on the paid leave that was announced Nov. 12. In announcing Kearney’s leave, UT offered no detailed reasons for the move.
The obvious question: Why would someone go to the University with this information from a decade ago? Deep down in the Statesmen article, it notes Kearney was due for a huge pay raise in 2013: from $270k to $397k plus a $25k bonus. But how many people could have possibly known that?
Kearney led the Longhorns to six track and field championships. [Statesman]