Texas athletics mired in unusually difficult times
Last week, the school and assistant football coach Major Applewhite acknowledged he had engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student during the team trip to the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Applewhite’s pay was frozen for a year and he was ordered to undergo counseling, but he also has been promoted since that incident and is now the offensive coordinator with play-calling duties next season.
“In a program this big, you’re going to have some bad news. You just are,” Dodds said. “It’s going to happen, so you need to handle it right. That’s what we do. Get it out and you’ve got to live with it. People will react to it and you can’t control how they react.”
Dodds won’t discuss the Kearney and Applewhite cases in detail but they may dog the program for some time. Kearney’s attorney has suggested she was treated unfairly and that she may sue the university.
Trapolino said that even if things don’t turn around, she’ll keep going to the games and giving money.
“I’m a fan. I’m not going to stop going to games. I may voice my opinion more. If that falls on deaf ears because I give money, oh well,” Trapolino said.