Kearney was an inspiration to all after her recovery from a car accident that left her partially paralyzed. She was the first African-American coach at Texas and was the first African-American to win an NCAA Division I national track championship.

The news dropped that she had an affair with one of her students in 2002. The school let the news loose Saturday night. The UT officials said in a written statement that she was a great person and was very important to the school.

"You destroy yourself. You start questioning how could you make such a judgment," Kearney told the Austin American-Statesman. "How could you make such an error after all the years? You can get consumed (by it)."

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