News breaks today that Bev Kearney has resigned due to an intimate personal relationship with a student athlete back in 2002, and which ended around 2005. The former student, who apparently was an adult when the relationship began, informed The University about it in October.
She resigns after bringing Texas six national championships in track and field. Though she resigned, her lawyer in a statement makes mention of harsher punishment being directed at her than has been meted out to men in similar situations, and that The University has "bullied and scapegoated" her.
Maybe her lawyer hasn't heard of Jerry Sandusky and the problems at Penn State when someone in their athletic department did not take swift and firm action, and so how sensitive schools are now with any issue pertaining to any intimate relations between a coach and a student. Granted, this is a scale far and below that of Sandusky's crime. Perhaps someone with a legal background can comment, but she seems only to have broken University administrative regulations as the student was an adult at the time, not a criminal or civil statute.
Kearney says she regrets this error in judgment, and the loss of her position will cause financial hardship. I suppose she expects that she won't be hired elsewhere.