Report: DeLoss Dodds, Texas AD, to Step Down After 32 Years

By DJ Byrnes on September 30, 2013 at 5:00p
Lean on me, friend.

Indeed, these are tumultuous times for the University of Texas. The same day former QB James Street passes and Heisman winner Earl Campbell saying it's time for Mack Brown to be shown the door, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting DeLoss Dodds, athletic director of Texas for the last 32 years, will step down in a press conference tomorrow afternoon.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds will announce Tuesday afternoon that he will step down next August after 32 years in the position, three well-connected sources told the American-Statesman on Monday.

Dodds, 76, will announce his retirement after vigorously denying a report earlier this month that he would leave his job before the end of this year. Dodds will stay on through Aug. 31, 2014, and will remain on as a consultant through 2015. Dodds could not be reached for comment.

"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."

Get excited, whatever crazed nut is behind; Mack Brown can't be far behind.


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Bolt's picture

That picture....wut?

DJ Byrnes's picture

I was going to use this gem:

But then I stumbled upon the one I used, had a similar reaction, and the rest is history. #HookEm

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hovenaut's picture

Sounds like continued changes to come. 

Hoody Wayes's picture

Further conference realignment to come?

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Nothing to see here Coach Herman, nothing to see here.......

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

luckynewman13's picture

Looks like Kiffin's early departure has kickstarted a coaching arms race. This is going to be fun.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Haybucks's picture

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


hit_the_couch's picture

Hopefully the new AD will fire Brown and resurrect the program.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

resurrect the program

Ohio State isn't done recruiting Texas, so i'm against this.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

hit_the_couch's picture

UT is still getting the top talent in the state while their down; that's one of the reasons why it's so baffling that they have stunk the past few years.
There's plenty of talent there for tOSU to poach/ continue to poach as well.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

geoffrsc's picture

As a traditionalist, I'd like to see the Texas program resurrected. Preferably after a RichRod-at-Michigan interlude of disaster. Because I also like a nice helping of schadenfreude now and then

GrayDay's picture

This opens door for Mack to accept the AD job - the plan from several years ago - and graciously move on.  The Kiffin move is making them move sooner than they wanted.
However, I don't see USC pursuing the same kind of coach Texas will, and Saban isn't going anywhere.  UT ought to pursue Fitzgerald.  He might be a NU lifer, but if he were to aspire to a bigger gig, UT and he would be a great fit.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Not enough of a drawl. 

Kurt's picture

Pete Carroll to Texas!!!  We really need him back in the game...could also very well be: 'Pete Carroll back to USC!!!'

btalbert25's picture

I don't really care if their program is good or not.  Really only a few years in the last decade were they relevant anyway.  

CC's picture

You need to check your facts. They finished with 10 or more wins from 2001 to 2009 and they finished each of those seasons ranked in the top 13. I'd say they were very relevant for then entire period of 2000 to 2009.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Thanks to TWO QB's and you see how they performed at the next level.

CC's picture

So what is the logic behind your post?  Are you saying that if you take away the good players they wouldn't be good? 
Take away the best players on any team and they wouldn't perform as well.

harleymanjax's picture

My sources tell me that Mack Brown is then new AD, and his first move is to hire Lane Kiffin as the new Head Coach!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

MN Buckeye's picture

Or maybe Kiffin and Brown could just switch schools.

otrain2416's picture

Next up Mack Brown and the bidding war between Texas and USC begins...

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

CC's picture

Man am I glad our opening was when it was. There are only 5 or so jobs that would compete with osu for coach and that's two in one year. Regardless I'd say either would take urban in a heartbeat.

When urban was available he was the obvious big target. I don't see any which are comparable right now. Lucky for us he has lived up to the hype.

Toilrt Paper's picture

I don't care how loyal or experienced anyone is, there is absolutely no reason to work beyond the age of 70. If not done, it rarely if ever ends well. Who do these sports administrators and coaches think they are? Owners of their own companies? Take a lesson from those few who go out on top, never any second guessing.

MN Buckeye's picture

I generally agree with you, Paper. Look at Bowden, Paterno, et al. Many jobs do not require the intensity involved with being a HC or running a billion-dollar plus athletic organization. These are positions of huge responsibility, and past a certain age the skills and energy diminish.

CC's picture

Yeah you wouldn't want to have an old coach like Bill Snyder or an old guy running something like Ronald Reagan, or Harlan Sanders who founded KFC at 65... the list is endless of guys who accomplished a lot in their older years.
I'm not old (37) but you painted with a pretty broad brush.

Toilrt Paper's picture

USC - Chris Peterson
Texas - Art Miles or Mike Gundy

40 Degrees North's picture

I did not realize Dodds was there that long. This is a big change. 
Texas is a great school. It is right in the heart of Austin. It is virtually right next to the downtown there. With that city and a big school like Texas, that athletic department should be doing better.
With the campus right next to downtown, I would expect a push to build a new arena. The Erwin Center is getting old. It is essentially the big facility for Austin as a whole. With Austin now a big city, it is probably time for a new facility. You can bet Austin will not be dumb like Columbus in building two similar facilities so close to each other. 
Speaking of the athletic department as a whole, anyone think Rick Barnes is in just as hot a seat as Mack Brown?

JoRamFizzy's picture

I live in Austin, and from what I've read part of the plan is for the new medical school to eventually expand to the land where the Erwin Center is and for a new arena to be built.  Not sure if a location has been cemented for it yet though.

Gametime's picture

Mack Brown becomes the AD: New Texas coach is either Will Muschamp leaving Florida, Art Briles coming from Baylor, or Chad Morris from Clemson (with Nick Saban has a dark horse in the discussion, IMHO.)
Chris Peterson to USC is definitely a possibility. I think they'll definitely want guys who can make a real splash and have had solidarity as a head coach for a good stretch. 

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

GoBucks713's picture

Does anyone else realize that if Saban goes to Texas, we will have pictures of him putting up the "horns" all over the internet.

-The Aristocrats!

FitzBuck's picture

Hey Mack can you come over here for a sec?  Your stage is almost ready we're just putting the finishing touches on the trapdoor.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".