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University Sought Pay Raise Before Suspending Coach

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File photo of Track and Field Coach Beverly Kearney. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

File photo of Track and Field Coach Beverly Kearney. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas officials were planning a pay raise for women’s track coach Beverly Kearney before she was abruptly suspended.

According to documents released by the school Friday, women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky wrote president Bill Powers on Sept. 24 requesting the raise and calling Kearney a key mentor and leader.

A month later, school officials ordered the contract removed from the agenda for an upcoming regents meeting. Plonsky suspended Kearney with pay on Nov. 11 to investigate issues within the program that have not been disclosed.

The documents in Kearney’s personnel file were released to The Associated Press under a public records request.

The file includes several glowing job reviews signed by Plonsky. Kearney has not responded to attempts to contact her at her home for comment.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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