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Texas Men’s Track Coach Thornton Retires

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Texas men’s track coach Bubba Thornton is retiring after
18 years and 12 conference championships.

According to a statement from the school on Monday, Thornton and athletic
director DeLoss Dodds mutually agreed to terminate the coach’s contract
effective Aug. 31. The Longhorns won this year’s Big 12 indoor and outdoor
championships and finished sixth at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Thornton’s teams produced 26 individual NCAA champions. He also coached the
U.S. track team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Texas is reorganizing the men’s and women’s programs under one coach.

Former women’s coach Bev Kearney resigned in January after the revelation of an
improper relationship with one of her athletes in 2002. In a federal complaint
filed in March, Kearney also described years of friction between herself and
Thornton.

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Posted by on Jun 17 2013. Filed under Sports.

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