Former Texas track and field coach Mario Sategna has been hired as an assistant coach at Arkansas. (LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Texas track coach Mario Sategna facing ethics, misconduct probe

Track coach placed on indefinite leave in September

Posted October 14th, 2016

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Texas track coach Mario Sategna, currently on indefinite personal leave, is the subject of an ethics and misconduct probe, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Sategna stepped away from his position in early September, and the school offered no details as to his whereabouts.

However in documents obtained by the Associated Press, the UT System confirmed a probe into Sategna’s actions in a letter to the attorney general. UT officials seek to withhold information about Sategna’s personnel file and other information.

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“The university initiated the investigation in response to allegations of misconduct,” UT officials wrote in their letter to the attorney general, according to the AP. “The issues under review pertain to ethical questions and the standard of conduct relating to a university employee.’’

UT spokesman Gary Susswein told the American-Statesman that school officials are not permitted to discus personnel matters “or release information that would compromise ongoing reviews.”

“These reviews are not related to any NCAA or Title IX issues,” Susswein said.

Tonja Buford-Bailey and Ty Sevin were named acting co-head coaches in Sategna’s absence last month. “The university remains committed to supporting our student-athletes on the field and off,” Susswein said.

This is the second time in four years the university has deal with the UT track program. School officials are locked in a lengthy legal battle with former coach Bev Kearney, who was removed in 2013 because of a romantic relationship with one of her former athletes.

Kearney has said the relationship was consensual and is suing UT for race and gender discrimination.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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