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Report: Texas AD Dodds to step down

Rickey Williams, DeLoss Dodds, Cat Osterman AP

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds is expected to announced on Tuesday that he will step down from his job next August, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Monday. ESPN’s Joe Schad later confirmed the report.

The 76-year-old Dodds denied his retirement in recent months but, according to Kirk Bohls, he will stay on with Texas until Aug. 31, 2014 and then serve as a consultant through 2015.

“He’s going to announce it tomorrow,” one of the well-placed sources said. “They were going to do it today but decided to wait because they didn’t want to detract from the passing of (legendary former Longhorn quarterback) James Street.”

Texas wants to have his successor picked before Dec. 1.

Dodds’ pending retirement could mean embattled Longhorns coach Mack Brown may not be long for Austin. Dodds hired Brown back in 1998 and, as is often the case, a new athletic director will probably want to get his own guy in place.

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28 Responses to “Report: Texas AD Dodds to step down”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 30, 2013 6:16 PM

    Oliver Luck from WVU would be a magnificent choice.

    Mack you days are numbered. The LHN may also be a casualty.

  2. polegojim says: Sep 30, 2013 6:25 PM

    Bye Mack – tough deal… but it’s time.

  3. cometkazie says: Sep 30, 2013 6:25 PM

    This kinda throws a monkey wrench in the search for a new coach, I would think.

    If the new guy isn’t on board until December 1st, a lot of water has gone under the bridge.

  4. skwackquackwoof says: Sep 30, 2013 6:43 PM

    I have a feeling there is more to the story.

  5. florida727 says: Sep 30, 2013 7:12 PM

    I’m a Gator fan, but I wish Texas nothing but the best going forward. You guys have a long, rich history, and quite frankly, I think college sports is better for it when the University of Texas is competitive and right in the middle of conference and national title chases. Good luck, ‘Horns fans.

  6. Deb says: Sep 30, 2013 7:29 PM

    As with some stories in the NFL today, this drives home how quickly things change in football. Just five seasons ago Texas was competing for a national title and Mack Brown was the guy. Now it seems his era is over.

    Respect for what these guys built during their time with the Longhorns and good luck to Texas moving forward.

  7. normtide says: Sep 30, 2013 7:57 PM

    I think this is clearing the way to remove Mack. All things must come to an end, but no one can take away what he has accomplished.

  8. sportsguy3434 says: Sep 30, 2013 8:20 PM

    Chip Brown called this on Sept 13th. The timing is actually good so they can get someone in BY Dec 1st to make the call on Mack…if Mack isn’t the new AD as some think. This is a choice job that many will probably be interested in taking.

  9. BrownsTown says: Sep 30, 2013 10:55 PM

    Sounds like the classic “Fire them or we fire you” ultimatum. Another classy gent bites the dust when Mack Brown “steps down.” Paging the dirt bag who takes his place.

  10. eprobono says: Oct 1, 2013 12:49 AM


    He’s about 11 years overdue for retirement, isn’t he?

    Texas’s next AD should be a woman — would love to see that.

  11. txstatebobcats1868 says: Oct 1, 2013 2:52 AM

    the cards are falling perfectly into place for Mack to be the new AD and Saban to come over as the new head coach….

    someone had to say it, haha

  12. florida727 says: Oct 1, 2013 7:23 AM

    eprobono says: Oct 1, 2013 12:49 AM
    Texas’s next AD should be a woman — would love to see that.


    Two words: Donna Shalala.
    Be careful what you wish for.

  13. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 1, 2013 8:43 AM


  14. thegamecocker says: Oct 1, 2013 8:44 AM

    Mack – You’re a multi-millionaire, you won a NC, you should have no regrets, you do not need the aggravation… on your merry way……

  15. be4bama says: Oct 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    BREAKING NEWS……SABAN is leaving to coach Texas and USC, at the same time.

  16. artisan3m says: Oct 1, 2013 10:02 AM

    Sabin is not leaving Tuscaloosa for Austin, TX, no matter how much money UT throws on the table. Why leave a perennial national champ program for one that may have a hard time winning its own conference crown? Sabin has nothing more to prove, he’s set for life at Bama, and stepping “down” from the SEC for the Big-12 makes no sense at all. The Longhorns will have no problem getting a coach ~ it just won’t be Sabin.

  17. be4bama says: Oct 1, 2013 10:09 AM

    Artisan…..his name is spelled SABAN. And geez I was posting a joke.

  18. v2the4 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:30 AM

    we all knew this day was coming…I think UT had to come out with this info once USC decided to deep six Layne Kiffin at the LAX airport at 432 am sunday morning…Chip Brown from Orangebloods dot com called this perfectly, and Kirk Bohls from the austin american statesman has been all over this for over a year….of course, everyone at UT, from President Bill Powers all the way down to the locker room janitor denied this.

    Dodds has been a fatcat, but it was him and him alone who led to the destruction of the big 12..he was the reason Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Tamu all left the big 12….he did offer little brother a piece of the longhorn/aggie network, but little brother turned it down…..Dodds has turned UT into a major money pit, and the football program makes so much coin right now that they can support the ENTIRE sports program, mens and womens, and send money back to the general university fund.

    Dodds will stay on through the end of August 2014 so he can collect his $1M dollar pension. Mac Brown will also have a pension plan, as its part of his contract. His current buyout is $2.5M per season and he is under contract until the year 2020. For a school that made $110M profit in just 2012 alone, thats nothing to pay.

    the new incoming athlethic director will have to not only worry about the football coach, but basketball coach Rick Barnes has been more of a disappointment than even what Mac has been. baseball coach Augie Guardio, who won a NC in 2002&2005 and lost to LSU in 2009 when he was one out away from winning another one that season.

    I think the following AD’s should be on the top of the list is West Virginia’s Oliver Luck. Luck has played pro football in Houston with the Oilers…he has been in pro football and pro soccer and led the Houston Dynamo to three soccer titles as President of the team…..his son is Andrew Luck and you know his pedigree.

    I think Mac Brown will not go down without a fight, especially if he can make it out of this season with 9 wins…he must absolutely beat Oklahoma next week, and for that matter he better not lose to TCU, Tech, or Baylor either..

    If UT’s new AD does make the choice to can Mac Brown, then the top three choices for me are:
    Louisville’s Charlie Strong, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly(yes, even after one season in Philly)

    Rick Barnes, who also has a pension plan, is a walking the plank right now…unless he can get his squad, with only one junior and no seniors, into the tournament…Adios for him….only one name that UT needs to pursue: VCU coach Shaka Smart…open the bank for him…but I think he is content to stay in Richmond VA like Chris Peterson is content to stay in Boise ID.

    as for Augie Guarido., who, guess what, has a pension plan,…I think he will be forced to retire and UT will go after UH-victoria coach Terry Puhl who is a former Houston Astro, or Louisville coach Dave McConnel.

    Just for the record, I think USC will back up a brinks truck to college station and offer Kevin Sumlin $7.5M a season, unless the Houston Texans get to him first should they decide to dump Gary Kubiak at the end of the season…

    just my take…follow me on twitter @v2the4

  19. dhardy8207 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:14 AM

    “His current buyout is $2.5M per season and he is under contract until the year 2020.”


    I would gladly offer my resignation if I could earn $2.5 mil to sit at home, go play golf, throw horse shoes, etc…

    Kevin Sumlin leaving for USC is interesting. Guess we’ll see how deep the pockets of the Aggies are if USC comes a calling…

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 1, 2013 11:22 AM

    There’s no denying that Dodds has built a juggernaught of an Athletic program all the way around.

    But some of the decisions he’s made have changed the college football landscape and many would say not for the better. The LHN has crippled the Big 12, and cost the league 1/4 of its founding members. All the while, strengthening opposing leagues. The Big 12 has contracted while the other major conferences have all grown. And all for a network that nobody watches….

    One decision that I really hope the new AD rethinks is the A&M v UT rivalry game.

    Texas would be stupid to not go after Briles if they part ways with Brown. And @v2the4 its very possible if not probable that Texas loses most of the games you’ve listed if not all of them.

  21. sallust99 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:28 PM

    Texas is the most over-rated program of all-time. Period. Hell, you can name 10 programs traditionally better than Texas nationally in football. Want to see? Here goes: (1) Oklahoma; (2) Alabama; (3) USC; (4) Nebraska; (5) Ohio State; (6) Michigan; (7) Notre Dame; (8) the U (Miami); (9) Penn State and for number (10) take your pick of Florida, LSU, Florida State, or Army. It really is that easy. The horns have been and always will be a joke – Next Year University! LMAO!

  22. 2late2matter says: Oct 1, 2013 2:13 PM

    Yeah, maybe. But once you smell and see those (female) Texas roses……:-)

  23. cometkazie says: Oct 1, 2013 7:54 PM

    eprobono says:
    Oct 1, 2013 12:49 AM

    Texas’s next AD should be a woman — would love to see that.

    Texas’ track and field head coach was a woman.

    It’s not clear in my mind what the exact reasons are that she is no longer there.

  24. normtide says: Oct 1, 2013 7:59 PM

    Doesn’t Texas still have a male athletic dept and a female athletic dept? Individual from each other?

  25. cometkazie says: Oct 1, 2013 8:22 PM

    Norm, in T&F the coaches coach both sexes.

    The jumps coach has both men and women. Same with sprinters.

    That was my experience officiating at LSU for 20y.

  26. normtide says: Oct 1, 2013 8:29 PM

    Ty comet. I thought at one time Texas and Tennessee had separate athletic departments. I know Tennessee combined theirs to make one dept. Want sure about Texas.

  27. cometkazie says: Oct 1, 2013 8:43 PM

    They may have separate departments, but, if UTex is anything like LSU, the teams have one set of coaches.

    If you go here

    you can see that there is one set of coaches for men and women T&F as well as XC.

    Sorry for any confusion.

  28. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 2, 2013 9:55 AM

    A reporter texted Oliver Luck and asked if he would be interested in the Texas AD job if asked.

    He texted back “No”…

    Then, he later texted back “Sorry, I mistexted earlier, I meant No Comment”

    Luck owns a house in Austin, was about to start a Sports consulting firm in Austin before the Houston Sports Authority reached out to him. I would not be surprised to hear that Oliver Luck is the next AD of Texas.

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