Report: Texas fires associate AD
AUSTIN, Texas (AP)
Cleve Bryant, Texas' associate athletics director for football operations and a former assistant under Longhorns football coach Mack Brown, was fired earlier this year after an internal investigation determined he sexually harassed a female administrative assistant over a two-year period, according to documents obtained by ESPN.
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A University of Texas investigator determined that Bryant made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and ''the harassment was likely both verbal and physical.''
ESPN's ''Outside the Lines'' program obtained documents from the university's investigation, which was prompted by a sexual harassment complaint filed by a football department staffer who graduated from Texas a few years ago.
She told investigators that Bryant pulled down her dress and fondled her breast after she asked about receiving a raise; that he repeatedly told her or sent text messages that he wanted to kiss her; and that he kissed her neck after blocking a doorway once, documents said. Two other women who work in the office allege that Bryant inappropriately kissed them in the past.
Bryant, a former head football coach at Ohio University, was on Brown's coaching staff at North Carolina and then went with him to Texas in 1998. Bryant coached wide receivers at Texas under then-coach John Mackovic from 1992-94 before going to North Carolina.
Bryant, who is married, denied all of the allegations, according to the documents. He declined to comment Thursday, said his attorney, Tom Nesbitt.
Bryant appealed his March firing, but the university declined to comment on the status of the appeal. Bryant also had overseen game-day operations, team travel and recruiting weekends.
The woman's complaint filed nearly a year ago against Texas has since been settled, according to her attorney Gloria Allred, who declined to reveal the amount. Allred said her client is not pursuing a criminal complaint against the university and no longer works there.