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Dodds makes decision to step down official

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In mid-September, a report surfaced that DeLoss Dodds would be stepping down from his long-time Texas post in the coming months, a report that the athletic director vehemently denied.

Following up on speculation that surfaced Monday, that’s exactly what Dodds has done.

At a press conference Tuesday, Dodds announced that he will officially retire as UT’s athletic director in late August of next year, although he could very well step aside well before then.  After that, it’s likely he will take on some type of advisory role within the athletic department.

The 76-year-old Dodds stated that he began seriously contemplating retirement back in June, and that he’d actually been thinking about it on some level for a year or two, suggesting his very vociferous denial  two weeks ago was leaning toward the hollow end.  By announcing his plans to step down 11 months from now, Dodds said it will allow the university plenty of time to find new leadership.

“I love The University of Texas, and I love the people. We’ve had a great run,” Dodds said in statements provided by the school. “I have been contemplating this decision for a while. (University of Texas President) Bill Powers and I have talked it over, and this is something I am ready to do at this time. …

“I promised to let people know well in advance. I want the university to have the appropriate amount of time to find a successor, and I want to ensure that the athletics department can prepare and execute a succession plan for new leadership.”

Dodds has been the head of UT athletics since 1981 and, while he’s come under fire in recent years, is widely viewed as one of the most powerful men in college athletics and helped guide Longhorn men’s sports programs — UT has a female AD for women’s sports — to a stunning run of success over the past three decades.

…DeLoss Dodds has guided The University of Texas to national acclaim and championship success. Under his guidance, the Texas Longhorns have won 14 National Championships and 108 conference (Southwest Conference and Big 12) titles in nine different men’s sports.

Football’s run to the BCS National Championship during the 2005-06 season underscores, arguably, the most successful period in UT Athletics history.

Football’s fourth national title at the 2006 Rose Bowl highlights a decade of excellence that featured at least 10 victories in nine consecutive seasons, five-straight bowl victories and appearances in the national title game in 2006 and 2010.

Additionally, Men’s Basketball advanced to a school-record 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 2003, Sweet 16 appearances in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008 and three Elite Eight appearances in 2003, 2006 and 2008. Baseball has advanced to the NCAA Men’s College World Series seven times since 2000, winning national championships in 2002 and 2005.

As for those who claim that he made this decision now because of the state of the football program, Dodds stated that he would be doing this if the Longhorns were 4-0 or 0-4.

And, as for just who will replace a man Powers described as “one of the giants of college athletics,” that decision will be made by the president, who said he will lean heavily on Dodds for guidance in finding his successor.  The two say they hope to have a new AD in place in a couple of months.

If/when the new AD is hired before Dodds’ contract runs out Aug. 31, he will step aside and into whatever his new role will be.

One of the names most prominently mentioned as Dodds’ replacement is West Virginia’s Oliver Luck.  The father of Andrew Luck told WVMetroNews.com today that he would not reciprocate interest if Texas called.

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9 Responses to “Dodds makes decision to step down official”
  1. Rabid PIcks says: Oct 1, 2013 4:29 PM

    While when he is stepping down might not be football related, what about the timing of the announcement? Just days after Lane Kiffin is fired at USC. Is this a statement to potential Kiffin replacements, “before you pick USC, you might want to hold off a second.” Especially to David Shaw.

    The two names swirling to replace Dodds is Bob Bowlsby and Oliver Luck, both have strong ties to Stanford. Shaw could be the best fit at Texas too. Texas likes to think of themselves as on Stanford’s level academically, and Shaw has shown he knows how to win at school with tough academic standards.

  2. Deb says: Oct 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    Although this is probably good for the Longhorns, it’s probably bittersweet as well. Bama’s been through its share of ups and downs when the baton was passed from longtime leaders to the next generation. Can’t help feeling a little sad to see Dodds leave. Good luck to Texas as they move into the next era.

  3. deucez2 says: Oct 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    @Rabid:

    While your reasoning is sound, Bowlsby and Shaw are unlikely to end up at Texas.

    Bowlsby makes $2 mil/yr and enjoys several perks at the B12 commish that Texas can’t offer. Also, the only job Shaw is likely to leave for is an eventual NFL gig. Shaw loves it at Stanford (his alma mater) and reportedly so does his wife.

    All the names being floated right now seem to be a smoke screen.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 1, 2013 7:15 PM

    I just wonder if I can crash press “Shaw 2014″ in burnt orange for the Iowa State game?

    (Just kidding…….)

    How about in cardinal and gold?

    (ducks for cover)

  5. jackvcr says: Oct 1, 2013 10:04 PM

    Texas academics on a par with Stanford?!?!
    Funniest thing I’ve heard in years!!! Thanks for a great laugh.

  6. Rabid PIcks says: Oct 2, 2013 12:04 AM

    @jackver

    Are they on par with Stanford? No, Stanford is 3rd in the world academically. But let’s give Texas some credit. They do rank 37th academically in the world, ahead of Penn State and two spots back from Duke University.

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 2, 2013 7:49 AM

    Whoever gets hired will have to deal with the mega wrongful termination lawsuit that Bev Kearney will bring.

    The new AD’s first order of business will be to money whip Kearney in hopes that the world will understand why Major Applewhite can sleep with student trainers on the football team, and subsequently get promoted, while Kearney had a relationship with one of her track athletes and got fired.

  8. overratedgators says: Oct 2, 2013 8:34 AM

    As goes Dodds, so goes Mack. Politically, DeLoss just cleared a path for his successor to “wipe the slate clean” when he takes office.

  9. mrbaseball34 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:56 PM

    @goodfieldnohit:

    The way I see it is that the Regents probably forced him to step down to be an “arm’s length” away from the lawsuit and bring in the new AD that isn’t connected anyhow to the situation.

    Word here in Austin is that Bev is going to name A LOT of names and the Regents are allowing this lawsuit to go forward vs. paying her off so they can essentially save near $250mil by cleaning house by being able fire the Men’s coaches for cause without having to pay off the contracts.

    Some rumors have it that even Dodds and Mack could be named and it is surprising that Barnes’ name hasn’t been released already.

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