University of Texas And Bev Kearney Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

The University of Texas has settled the gender and race discrimination lawsuit filed by former head women's track and field coach Bev Kearney after a five-and-a-half year court battle. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, though Kearney asked for one million dollars when she first filed the suit.

Kearney was forced from her position as women's head track coach in January of 2013 after 20 years on the Longhorns' staff when it was revealed she had engaged in an intimate consensual relationship with a student-athlete a decade prior.

The lawsuit alleged that Kearney's dismissal was a much harsher punishment than the university had issued to others for the same offense, and it was because she was black, female and gay. 

While school officials investigated Kearney's affair, they also unraveled another prominent coach's indiscretion. In 2009, assistant football coach Major Applewhite had a one-night stand with a student trainer on a team trip to the Fiesta Bowl. 

But Applewhite wasn't fired or forced to resign—his pay was temporarily frozen and he was ordered to undergo counseling. The following season, he received a pay raise. He stayed on staff until 2013, when head coach Mack Brown left the program. Applewhite is currently the head coach at the University of Houston.

Kearney lives in California and no longer coaches. 

Though the former coach and her lawyers were open to a settlement for some time, the University of Texas spent upwards of $500,000 trying to get the case dismissed, efforts that the state Supreme Court rejected last year.

Kearney won six national championships in her tenure as head coach. When she resigned from her post, the men's and women's track and field programs were combined under one head coach: Mario Sategna, who was placed under an ethics and misconduct investigation and took a leave of absence in 2016. Details from the probe were never published by the university and he was dismissed by athletic director Chris Del Conte in February of this year.

Edrick Floreal was recently named Sategna's successor after spending the last six years guiding student-athletes at the University of Kentucky as well as some of the top professional hurdlers in the world.

The Best Track And Field Athlete From Every NCAA Tournament School

The 2019 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Tournament begins this week, and in honor of March Madness we’ve selected the best track and field athlete— past or present— from each of the tournament’s 68 schools (minus Old Dominion, who does not have a track team; get a track team Old Dominion). Some of the names below are NCAA track and field legends from major programs. Others on this list never even qualified for the NCAA Championships. The 68 here ran the gamut, from Olympic heroes to mere school record holders.

Why LetsRun Is Wrong & USATF Is Right About Olympic Qualifying

Last week, the IAAF announced its new qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games, which included tougher entry standards and new computerized world rankings. The reaction was intense as some media outlets painted an apocalyptic worldview for U.S. athletics. In reality, it’s not that dramatic.

Cal Coach Tony Sandoval To Retire

Tony Sandoval, the director of track and field and cross country at Cal, will retire at the conclusion of the outdoor season. Sandoval spent 37 years at the university, beginning as the head women’s coach in 1982. 

Six Reasons We're Looking Forward To The NCAA Outdoor Track Season

As exciting as 200-meter ovals and banked curves are, we’re ready for the unpredictable weather, sprint relays and 10K races of spring track season. Here’s a few reasons to get excited for NCAA outdoor track and field.

FloTrack To Stream 2019 Boston Marathon In Europe

AUSTIN, Texas — March 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Boston Athletic Association, announced a partnership to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Boston Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in over 40 European countries. 

Ethiopia's Belay Tilahun, Not Included In Elite Field, Wins NYC Half

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Linden, Chelimo Ready for United Airlines NYC Half On Sunday

The United Airlines NYC Half is often considered a springboard to future goals for elite runners, but that's doesn't mean they take the event lightly. American Olympians Des Linden and Paul Chelimo are approaching next Sunday's race as a critical competition, even as they use their trip to New York as an important test for upcoming targets.

Grant Holloway Is Very Close To Being The Best Hurdler In The World

Holloway After 60mH AR & 60m Title

It’s tempting to view what Grant Holloway did over the weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships-- 7.35 American record in the 60m hurdles and a 6.50 60m victory, plus third place finishes in the long jump and 4x400m-- as a man at the peak of his powers. But for an athlete with medal potential at October’s World Championships, the Florida superstar may only be scratching the surface of his ceiling in 2019.

House Of Run: Which Diamond League Events Are Getting Dropped?

Jason and Kevin discuss the exploits of Grant Holloway and Morgan McDonald at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the revamped 2020 Olympic qualifying standards, the Diamond League cutting events and losing to people wearing costumes.

The Challenge Of Doubling, Irrelevant Seed Times & Other NCAA Takeaways

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Grant Holloway stole the show, while Florida and Arkansas walked away with team titles. But what were some of the other takeaways from Birmingham?