If DeLoss Dodds is planning on stepping down from his post at Texas anytime soon, he’s not yet ready to acknowledge such a move publicly.
Late Friday afternoon, a report surfaced that the UT athletic director planned to retire at year’s end and step into an advisory role. The report was met by swift denials from the school, which labeled the speculation as “absolutely not true.” One prominent UT booster said he’s heard “not a word” of any plans by Dodds to step down.
Late Friday night, Dodds himself shot down the report.
“I’ve not made any plans to retire at any time,” Dodds told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News. “When I do, I’ll give you [media] guys plenty of notice.”
To put an exclamation point on it, Dodds told Carlton that, speaking of the retirement report, “none of it is true.”
Dodds’ current contract runs through 2015. He’s served as UT’s athletic director since 1981, transforming the athletic department into a veritable ATM machine. The past couple of years, however, he’s come under fire, especially as it relates to his support of head football coach Mack Brown.