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Neither coach comes off as sympathetic. "Kearney got what was coming to her," wrote Kevin Sherrington in The Dallas Morning News. "The question is whether Applewhite did, too."
In the vanguard of those who believe the ex-quarterback has suffered enough is billionaire Texas booster Joe Jamail—the guy for whom the field is named at Darrell K. Royal--Texas Memorial Stadium. A personal injury lawyer, Jamail told the Austin American-Statesman that Applewhite's indiscretion was akin to "spitting in the street.... That's a $25 fine."
Even if the school carries the day in the court of public opinion, it may not fare as well in a court of law. On March 8, Kearney filed paperwork with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission, charging her former employer with discrimination based on race, color, sex and retaliation.
"We disagree with statements and allegations in the document," says Voinis. "Nevertheless, they all will be reviewed thoroughly, and responded to, in accordance to EEOC, and TWC policies and procedures." He declined to say more, citing the likelihood of legal action.
Following a mandatory 180-day waiting period after filing her complaint, Kearney plans to sue her former employer for lost earnings and compensatory damages. In September 2012, she was presented with a potential five-year contract that would have bumped her base salary from $270,000 to around $475,000. The following month, an unknown party informed the athletic department about Kearney's relationship. On Jan. 5 she resigned.
Applewhite is less culpable, his defenders argue, because the student with whom he was involved was not a member of his team. No matter, says Howard. "Major Applewhite is absolutely a direct superior to a student trainer," he says. "There's no question that if he assigns her a task, with regard to her job, she has to do it. He's the superior in a direct relationship."
Explaining the punishment handed out to Applewhite, Dodds stated, "We have high standards for behavior and expect our staff and coaches to adhere to them in all aspects of their lives."
The question in this case isn't how high the standard should be as much as it is: Why is there more than one standard?