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Report: Texas AD DeLoss Dodds to step down; Mack next?

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For those of you looking for Texas to make a change at head football coach, here’s the first (potential) big step in that direction.

According to Chip Brown of, and citing two well-placed sources, long-time UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds will step down from his post at the end of the year.  Neither the 74-year-old Dodds nor the school, obviously, have responded to the report.

Dodds is expected to take on an consulting role at the university, Brown reported.

The news of Dodds’ possible retirement as AD comes just a couple of days after the he told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman that “I don’t have any immediate plans” to leave a job he’s held for three decades.  In that same conversation with Bohls, Dodds seemingly backed Mack Brown, saying the current Longhorns head coach “is fine.”

Dodds also added, given the amount of speculation swirling around the coach’s future with the program, that “Mack will know if he should be coaching (at Texas) or shouldn’t be.”

If Dodds is out at year’s end, it would be a significant blow to Brown’s chances of surviving beyond this season.

It’s hard to believe that, barring a promotion from within, a new athletic director from outside the system would retain Brown as his football coach.  At the very least, ridding himself of the still-powerful Brown would allow the new AD — again, if there is indeed one in place after this year — to show Longhorn Nation that what’s happened on the field with the football program the past few years is simply unacceptable.

In his report, Brown mentioned former Stanford AD and current Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby as a potential replacement.

UPDATED 4:03 p.m. ET: For the record, a UT spokesperson told Bohls that the report of Dodds stepping down at year’s end is “absolutely not true. Period. It’s just not true.”

UPDATED 4:38 p.m. ET: Billionaire UT booster Red McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News that he’s heard “not a word” of any plans by Dodds to step down.

“I realize there’s a lot of talk out there, and I understand why,” McCombs told the paper. “But there’s no split in the leadership. Everyone is solidly behind the A.D. and the coaches.”

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10 Responses to “Report: Texas AD DeLoss Dodds to step down; Mack next?”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    Opens the way for Mack to slide up to AD and the horns to get a new coach and not “fire” Mack.

    Hopefully Mack or the new AD will reconsider taking such a hard line on not playing A&M.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 13, 2013 3:54 PM

    My co-workers have said for some time that their Texas AD would retire soon. When pressed, all these Longhorns admit, he it has become time that he step down. Maybe Brown will go up. He is a CEO now, so an AD is definitely much more of a CEO.

  3. wvucolumbus says: Sep 13, 2013 4:08 PM

    Due to the update, sounds like this could be a bit premature. If it comes to fruition, I would also speculate that current WVU AD, Oliver Luck, would also make the short list. Although he went to WVU as undergrad (Rhodes Scholar finalist and NFL QB), he actually graduated from UT Law while as a backup QB for the Oilers back in the 80s. Fantastic resume and would certainly be an advancement in his career…..selfishly, I hope he remains at WVU:)

  4. thefiesty1 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:08 PM

    It’s about time! He’s established that all he is is a money man. This way he won’t have to deal with the Mack “situation.”

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 13, 2013 4:29 PM


    Luck is an interesting candidate. He used to run the Houston MLS team, his son (some guy named Andrew Luck) went to school in Houston as well. He does have pretty deep Texas ties.

    But Morgantown isn’t all that far from Indy and I imagine he like being close to his son and running the program at his alma mater.

    Plus, Texas is one of those schools where there is a MASSIVE amount of pressure every year. The Horns won 9 games last year and everyone is saying the Aggies passed them by. Not sure that is the case just yet but a 9 win season is seen as a failure in Austin…. Not sure I’d want to leave cushy old Morgantown for that. Especially when money is not really a factor.

  6. tgaustin says: Sep 13, 2013 4:47 PM

    He Luck is the choice, hello David Shaw.

  7. sportsdrenched says: Sep 13, 2013 5:17 PM

    “He’s established that all he is is a money man.”

    Ummm, That’s pretty much his job. Whether you like it or not.

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 13, 2013 7:35 PM

    Austin TV has an interview with Dodds in which he states “I’m going to wait until the end of the season,
    I’ve decided to watch Mack Brown and Texas football.
    Then I’ll sit down with President Powers, Mack Brown, all the department heads and settle Texas business.” Here is the video.

    Deloss will go on his terms, and his terms only.

    If I’m Mack Brown I’d be real careful around police officers writing tickets.

  9. deucez2 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:05 PM

    Mack will absolutely not succeed Deloss as AD. I’d bet a years salary in it. According to a few of my contacts Bob Bowlsby (current B12 commish) will be targeted as the new AD first. If that doesn’t work Foley (Florida AD) and Jurich (Lousiville AD) are on the list as well. Coaching candidates include Shaw, Saban, Muschamp, Strong and potentially Gruden.

  10. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Sep 14, 2013 7:18 AM

    The Nick Saban dominos are starting to fall.

    Here’s the real timeline: DeLoss & Mack feel the pressure and are going to “retire”. Alabama will get probation and Nick Saban will jump ship.

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