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January 8th, 2013
09:58 AM ET

Beverly Kearney, Fmr. UT-Austin Track & Field Head Coach, speaks out since stepping down after admitting to relationship with student

This morning, a story that has shocked the college sports world. Hall Of Fame track and field coach Beverly Kearney announcing she is stepping down from her position at the University Of Texas after 21 years and six national championships. This after the coach admitted to what she calls a "consensual intimate relationship" with a student athlete on her team in 2002. The student athlete reported the relationship to the university in October 2012.

The coach says UT asked her to resign or she would be fired, and that the punishment does not fit the offense. Kearny feels her punishment was unjustified because she claims other professors and administrators at the school have not had the same repercussions after engaging in relationships that violated policy. Our team at “Starting Point” invited a representative from the university to appear on the program, but the invitation was declined. The legendary former coach, Beverly Kearney, joins us live from Austin, Texas this morning.

Kearny says she's finally come to embrace not knowing why she was treated this way by the school, especially at a time when she was negotating a contract with a raise. “I’ve always tried to live my life in a manner that I did not want to do harm," Kearney says. "And it’s always been easier for me to forgive others. But this was a challenge for me to forgive myself for making a poor decision.”

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  1. jim

    What a load of tosh. She needed to forgive people? for what? She is the one who broke the trust and slept with one of her students albeit an adult student. Incredible! Timeline doesn't mean a sack of beans in this case. They asked her to resign once they found out.

    January 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. N. Williams

    She was obviously the result of a witch hunt, sad. I'm hope she's at least compensated for this horrible manipulation.

    January 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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