Bev Kearney, who was put on administrative leave in November 2012, has resigned from her position as the Head Coach for Women’s Track & Field at the University of Texas. Kearney, who put the UT program on the map, is one of the most decorated and respected coaches in her sport.
Per a series of articles, most linked by Deadspin.com, Ms.Kearney was accused of having had a “consensual intimate relationship” with a former student-athlete in 2002. The former student-athlete, who has not been named by the University nor by Ms. Kearney, recently reported the incident after ten years.
It is a tragedy on so many levels. In the interviews, Ms.Kearney has much praise for the University, her athletes and the program which she created. She does not name and goes on the record that she will not name the former student-athlete who spoke to the University.
Kearney’s lawyer noted that he believes that a double standard is in play here. He may have a point. In the end, a superb career has been tarnished.