Former Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney, who won six national championships for the Longhorns before abruptly leaving 10 months ago, filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school Thursday, alleging race and gender discrimination and retaliation.
Kearney attorney Derek Howard said his client sued in Travis County District Court. Kearney, who is black, resigned Jan. 5 as Texas was preparing to fire her for an inappropriate relationship with one of her athletes in 2002.
Texas later revealed that assistant football coach Major Applewhite, who is white, was allowed to keep his job after having an inappropriate relationship with a student trainer on a bowl trip in 2008.
Kearney’s suit seeks $1 million in damages for lost and future wages, mental anguish, court costs and loss of enjoyment of life. She was Texas’ first and only black head coach in any sport.
Player sues NCAA
Former Kansas fullback Christopher Powell alleges in a lawsuit that the NCAA failed to adequately protect athletes from head trauma.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the suit was filed this week in the U.S. District Court for Western Missouri. The class action suit seeks an undetermined amount in damages for Powell and other athletes who suffered head trauma in college.
An assistant state attorney says prosecutors in Tallahassee, Fla., did not receive information about an 11-month-old sexual assault allegation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston until Tuesday.
Tallahassee police investigated the Heisman Trophy contender in connection with a sexual assault in an off-campus apartment.
The investigation was handed over to Tallahassee police and the case was not given to prosecutors until this week.
Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman said normal procedure for criminal cases in Leon County calls for police to give information to prosecutors if there is evidence for an arrest, or if it is a “close call.”
Tallahassee police aren’t saying much about the case as well, including why investigators waited until this week to hand over information to prosecutors.