Posted October 01, 2013

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds steps down after 32 years

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DeLoss Dodds (right) will reportedly step down as Texas athletic director after 32 years in the role.

DeLoss Dodds (right) will reportedly step down as Texas AD after 32 years in the role. (Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

A few weeks after denying reports of his retirement, Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds formally announced on Tuesday that he will step down from his position after 32 years.

The news was first reported on Monday by Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesmen.

At a press conference, Dodds told reporters that he’d been mulling the decision to retire for some time.

“I love The University of Texas, and I love the people. We’ve had a great run,” said Dodds, 76. “I have been contemplating this decision for awhile. (University of Texas President) Bill Powers and I have talked it over, and this is something I am ready to do at this time.”

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“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 said.

Dodds will stay on as athletic director through Aug. 31, 2014, and he will remain active in the transition in finding his replacement.

Powers said the impact of Dodds on college athletics cannot be overstated.

“DeLoss Dodds is one of the giants of college athletics,” Powers said. “His vision reshaped The University of Texas and the entire NCAA, and it’s been an honor to both work with him and call him a friend for so many years.”

Dodds’ decision came two weeks after OrangeBloods.com reported Dodds would step down at the end of the year. Texas denied that report to SI.com’s Andy Staples, with Longhorns associate AD for communications Nick Voinis telling Staples, “Three words: Absolutely not true.”

Dodds’ retirement comes at a tumultuous time in Texas football. The Longhorns are 2-2 with losses to Ole Miss and BYU, putting pressure on longtime coach Mack Brown’s job security.

In a statement, Brown credited Dodds for Texas athletics’ long history of success.

“DeLoss has been the best athletics director in the country for a long, long time and built a model athletics department here. He is absolutely as good a boss as anybody could ask for, and he really cares about the coaches, kids and everybody in all of our programs. DeLoss was a great athlete himself, successful coach and directed a program that achieved tremendous success on and off the field. He’s a man of great character who accomplished all of that while maintaining great integrity and honesty, just the perfect model for an athletics director. We are so lucky to have him.

“DeLoss is a great man, great leader and great friend. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to work for him for 16 years and know I speak for many when I say I’m happy he will be helping the department’s transition to a new athletics director and will be on board here to support the department after that.”

Dodds helped build the Texas athletic department into the biggest in the country, one that runs on a $163 million budget. He was also instrumental in the Longhorns’ agreement with ESPN to form the Longhorn Network.

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32 comments
Tyler15
Tyler15

Yep, unless a backdoor deal is cut, Mack is gone.

NamecNassianer
NamecNassianer

Mack Brown moves to AD

Nick Saban moves to Austin

Funny-One
Funny-One

Oh yeah, DeLoss, the dude that destroyed the Big 12 with his EGO

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

And without DD as his patron saint protector, Big Mack will finally get the heave-ho too, probably before the end of yet another disappointing season. Never have so many done so little, with so much. Its Karma rewarding mass arrogance!

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

This isn't new, they were talking about it locally in Oklahoma for what seems a couple weeks now.

Craig
Craig

No great DeLoss.

JohnBarnard
JohnBarnard

Y'all do realize that the AD's job is NOT to win games.  It's to make sure that the the athletic department is successful.  Under Dodds' tenure the UT athletic department has grown to be the most profitable athletic department in the country.

By that standard, he is the most successful in the country.

And remember if he hadn't had the foresight to hire both Mack Brown and Rick Barnes, it's likely that Texas would have never sniffed a BCS championship, something we've had a legit shot at 5 out of the last 15 years.  We would have never seen a Final Four or seen great players like LaMarcus Aldridge or Kevin Durant.

YOu may not have to agree with his decisions, but as ADs go, he's done his job well.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

Could some good folks  tell me who the other two people in the picture are? I'm guessing that one is Darrell Royal

Aggie81
Aggie81

Several sayings come to mind:

        1). The CALM before the Storm...

          2). The writing is on the wall

          3). Where there is smoke, there is fire...

Although kudos to Dodds for steeping up to the plate and trying to come to a decision to help the University.  In 2 weeks after they play Oklahoma, we'll know how serious Texas is about making changes.

Aggie81
Aggie81

@NamecNassianer  

And the Pope becomes the next President of the U.S. with a forged U.S. birth certificate...

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

@JohnBarnard last in baseball last year, not doing well in football, basketball is more of the same.  Just because lots of people buy into the Texas brand doesn't give him a by on not being successful in any sport.  THAT is his job.

B-f-G
B-f-G

@JohnBarnard  Agree.  Dodds has done his job well. I hope they choose his successor wisely.

Craig
Craig

@JimKirkwood1 Seated is Darrell Royal and standing is a much younger looking Mack Brown.

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

@Aggie81 Its not just about football, its about their whole athletic program.  Doesn't help having your aggies doing so well either.

BD97
BD97

@_NPOB if he goes it'll be for a SEC school

_NPOB
_NPOB

@BD97 Why ? Again. From MissState to Bama/Florida ? Those jobs are not coming open anytime soon.

_NPOB
_NPOB

@BD97 Why ? Talk from Hansen that he wants to be a commish ? This is one of the top AD jobs in nation. If they offer he has to take it.

_NPOB
_NPOB

@BD97 Of course its great to be a Wildcat. Live in foothills and have great BB plus other great sports. Life opportunities is the scale.

BD97
BD97

@_NPOB you don't know for sure. Maybe he just likes it here.

BD97
BD97

@_NPOB nah I don't think it'll be as long as you think. That reffing scandal and his inability to get a deal done with direct tv.....

_NPOB
_NPOB

@BD97 If that is what he is holding out for then he will be at for a while. We don't know what drives the man professionally.

BD97
BD97

@_NPOB I could see him taking the PAC 12 job when Larry Scott leaves

_NPOB
_NPOB

@BD97 too = top job. You will not become commish from Zona. Ced Dempsey opportunity is never happening in thus day and age.

BD97
BD97

@_NPOB I bet Texas goes after a big named AD. He Greg lease it'll be for a Texas job but not UT

_NPOB
_NPOB

@BD97 Yes he does. I'll explain why. If he doesn't no other too job will come calling. If you want to move up (commish) you come from Texas.

BD97
BD97

@_NPOB he doesn't have to take it if he doesn't want to.