University of Texas football coach Mack Brown's longtime associate athletics director for football operations was dismissed from the university last March because a university investigation determined he made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward a female administrative assistant over a two-year period, "Outside the Lines" has learned.
Cleve Bryant, who oversaw numerous daily activities for the Longhorns, including game-day-operations, team travel and recruiting weekends, was fired after a university investigator determined "that Mr. Bryant did sexually harass" the staffer and that "the harassment was likely both verbal and physical."
...Cleve Bryant, left, was Texas coach Mack Brown's right-hand man until Bryant's employment abruptly ended last spring.
"Outside the Lines" obtained documents from the university's investigation that followed a sexual harassment complaint filed by Rachel Arena, a then 24-year-old football department employee who had graduated from Texas in 2008.
The documents include Arena's formal complaint, interviews with Bryant and Arena conducted by attorneys and school officials, and an investigator's conclusion and recommendations to university president William Powers.
Documents show that Arena told investigators:
• That during a July 2010 meeting in Bryant's office about whether she would receive a raise, Bryant pulled down the top of her dress and bra and fondled her breast.
• That Bryant repeatedly either told her in person or texted her that "I want to kiss you."
• That Bryant retaliated after she told him to stop texting by creating a false allegation that she had acted inappropriately at a minor league baseball game she attended with some former Texas football players.
• That one day while in the break room, getting a bottle of water, Bryant came in, stood in front of the door as she started to leave and said, "Kiss me." Arena said she turned away and Bryant kissed her on the neck before she could leave.
• That two other female office workers alleged that Bryant had inappropriately kissed them in the past.
• That another woman in the athletic department referred to Bryant as "old-freak-nasty" and that he once told Arena "he wanted to touch me, that he wanted to pleasure me, that he could, that he could make me happy, referring to sexually, things like that."
Bryant, who is married, denied all of the allegations in his interviews. Through his attorney, Tom Nesbitt, he declined an ESPN interview request Thursday.
Bryant appealed his firing, but it's unclear where that appeal stands because university officials would not discuss any aspects of this story.
"The university chooses not to comment at this time," said senior associate athletic director for communications Nick Voinis.
Before her graduation, Arena had been a member of the Texas Angels and Gabriels, student body members who acted as hostesses (Angels) and hosts (Gabriels) when high school recruits visited campus. Texas hired Arena after her graduation as an administrative assistant in the football department, where day-to-day operations were supervised by Bryant.
The Texas investigator's report to school president Powers states that "Mr. Bryant suggests that Ms. Arena contrived her story because she had been denied an $11,000 raise ... This investigator does not believe that Ms. Arena was denied a raise for other than legitimate business reasons, but also does not believe that she invented these incidents over a two-year period."
Regarding Bryant, the report said: "As a result of ... inconsistencies between Mr. Bryant's testimony and objective facts and the testimony of many witnesses, this investigator does not find Mr. Bryant credible."
Arena told investigators her problem with Bryant began shortly after she was hired in 2008. She said comments from Bryant started with texts, which soon went from benign to sexually charged.