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Dodds: ‘I’ve not made any plans to retire’

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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.

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11 Responses to “Dodds: ‘I’ve not made any plans to retire’”
  1. arizonahusker says: Sep 14, 2013 9:31 AM

    Dodds: “I’ve not made any plans to retire.”

    Univ of Texas: ” No, we have made plans for you to retire.”

  2. longhornsandcowboys says: Sep 14, 2013 9:47 AM

    This guy is Mubarak, Assad, Gaddafi, and Saddam all rolled into one. He’ll never leave, no matter how badly everyone wants him to.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 14, 2013 9:58 AM

    Dodds is the money man. Get another money man which also can actually administrate and guide the UT Athletic Department.

    He needs to go. Brown needs to retire up to the AD’s office for a few years before he is retired to the ranch. A good coach which can take raw high school talent and build it into great college talent, ready for the NFL. Les Miles is the best at that, according to latest NFL records, but he is taken, there may be one a little further to the east, whose wife may be looking for a change. With double the revenue of his present employer, UT may well double his salary to around $12 M. Rumors abound.

  4. mikemiller007 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:09 AM

    Dodds has been a very successful AD with UT for years. He recruited Mack Brown back in the late 90’s after they had experienced some coaching failures. Mack IS a good coach and Dodds is still a good AD he’s just a little delusional about what’s at stake for Longhorn Nation.

    Right after Mack Brown got to Texas he recruited two of the best QB’s and team leaders in their history with Vince Young and Colt McCoy back to back. For almost a decade UT has had unequaled success and now have their own cable station which is unprecedented. I see the problem as being with the players. No matter how talented they are they need locker room leadership and there has been none since the departure of McCoy. I think if UT recruits the right players again their climb back to the top isn’t going to be as hard as you think.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 14, 2013 11:10 AM

    Dodds is a visionary. He saw the future of college sports and built Texas into a national brand and an enviable athletic program that literally is a cash cow.

    In doing so, he changed the college landscape forever. He destroyed two conferences, the old Southwest Conference and the Big 12. Anyone who says the the new and improved Big 12 is better than the original is not being truthful.

    Texas will get rid of Brown as his “Next year!” is tiresome to proud Texas supporters. Dodds will leave when Dodds decides to leave. If I’m in the Big 12, I’d be concerned. The LHN is not the panacea that Texas thought it was going to be. When you have 0.0 in ratings for your network, the fans aren’t there. Should Dodds leave, I can see Texas making overtures again to the PAC-12 and jettisoning the LHN. Where does that leave the rest of the Big 12?

    The movement is still moving in the direction of super conferences, with the ACC leading with 15 teams(including ND), with the SEC and B1G positioned with 14
    teams each. In my long fruitful career , the one thing I’ve learned about Texas is that Texas always does what is in Texas interests. They have done that since the Frank Irwin era in the late 1960’s.

    I can see Texas moving to the PAC12 with three other teams, and the rest of the Big 12 moving to other conferences. WVU to the B1G along with Iowa St. are options. OU and OSU to the SEC are another option since both schools are joined at the hip by the Oklahoma legislature.

    The point is, enjoy college football today because these are the good old days.


  6. deadeye says: Sep 14, 2013 11:38 AM

    Dodds has transformed UT into a money-making machine like no other college program in history, and he deserves great credit for that.

    But the last few years have not been kind to Dodds, or UT. Today the college football world will be focused on Bama-TAMU, and this is driving hardcore UT fans nuts. They are stuck in a conference lacking marquee programs beyond OU, putting very little talent in the NFL (see the 2013 draft), and helplessly watching as the Aggies gain the upper hand in Texas recruiting with their new SEC affiliation.

    All the while, Dodds is being loyal to Mack Brown in an effort to allow Mack to hang on long enough to get the UT all-time wins record. The grass roots are ready to move on from Mack and Dodds. They want back on top in the great state of Texas. Bowlsby might be updating his resume as we speak.

  7. sillec28 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:40 AM

    Which coach hung around for much longer than he should have because he used to be an excellent coach and the university/board of trustees was afraid to fire him?

    Bobby Bowden or Mack Brown?

  8. deadeye says: Sep 14, 2013 12:30 PM

    Add Paterno and Frank Beamer to your list sillec28.

  9. cometkazie says: Sep 14, 2013 1:30 PM

    Visionaries tend to lose their vision over time.

    What’s going on at UT is theatre, Greek tragedy. It’s foreordained.

    Meanwhile, I have fun harassing my UT fan friend. 😉

  10. thefiesty1 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    It’s time.

  11. willdog0094 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:30 AM

    I watched A&M and their Heisman QB play the number 1 team close on National TV. I had to watch Texas on a bad Internet feed because I can’t get the game on TV, and they stunk up the field. DeLoss sold his soul for the quick buck and has positioned Texas for a slow painful decline. For those who think he’s a “visionary” – what’s the vision? Being the number 8 team in a weakened conference playing before TV audiences of hundreds… and losing badly?

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