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Mum's the word at Texas regarding Bryant

Posted on: June 27, 2011 3:03 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas is not talking about what led to the dismissal of longtime assistant Cleve Bryant in March.

Bryant first came to Texas in 1991 as an assistant under then head coach John Mackovic. In 1995 Bryant left with Mack Brown for North Carolina before returning to Austin with Brown in 1998. He had been employed as an aide at the school ever since. While Bryant still appeared on Texas' website as associate athletics director for football as recently as Friday, the Austin-American Statesman reported that same day that Bryant had not been an employee of the school since March 23rd.

As for what led to the change in Bryant's job status at the school, Texas is not saying.

The president of the University of Texas said Friday he could not discuss the case of a dismissed official with the football program because of legal, procedural and propriety reasons.

"That is still our position, but not because we don't just want to talk about it," UT President William Powers Jr. said of the case involving Cleve Bryant, former associate athletics director for football operations. "It's in a process that makes comment by the university inappropriate."

Bryant's lawyer, Tom Nesbitt, said this week that his client was unjustly terminated from university employment in March and promptly filed a request for a hearing with university officials. The hearing is expected to take place in mid-August, said Nesbitt, who added that Bryant is fighting for his job.

Of course there's a reason that the school can't talk about Bryant's status at the moment, and that reason is likely related to the internal investigation the school held of the athletic department following allegations by a now former female employee. While the school will not elaborate on what the allegations were, the former staffer did hire Gloria Allred as her attorney, and Allred specializes in cases involving discrimination and sexual harrassment. 

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