It seems to be one public relations nightmare after another for U.T. Athletics. In just 24 hours, we've learned a football coach has been disciplined for having an affair with a student outside of his marriage, and overnight a U.T. Football player was arrested.
Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite is admitting to an affair he had with a student during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl week. Applewhite says he was disciplined by the university, for an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Applewhite says it only happened once and was resolved four years ago with the university. This news comes just weeks after former U.T. Head Women's Track coach Beverly Kearney resigned after allegations surfaced that she had an affair with a student athlete.
The following is a statement released by men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds:
"Major Applewhite engaged in inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student one time during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl activities. 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."
Early Saturday morning, 3rd string quarterback, Connor Brewer was arrested by campus police on alcohol related charges. According to U.T. Police, brewer was booked into the Travis county jail early Saturday morning, at 2:49 a.m.
Brewer was arrested on three charges that include 'minor in possession', 'public intoxication' and 'traffic offense single.' Brewer was released from jail around 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
According to the university's website, Brewer is a sophomore with an undeclared major. U.T. Football fans say they are disappointed with both Coach Applewhite and Brewer.
The following is a statement from Head Football Coach Mack Brown regarding Connor Brewer's arrest:
"We're aware of Connor's situation and are disappointed anytime one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We've talked with his family and will continue to monitor the situation. Following the completion of the legal process, we will do what's best for The University, Connor and the team. We've always prided ourselves in our program's family atmosphere, and this will be handled within our family."