Report: Texas Will Interview Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith; Smith Denies Report

By Jason Priestas on October 31, 2013 at 3:16p

UPDATE 3:03 p.m. Gene Smith killed that pretty quickly.

Smith also released the following statement:

“I have the greatest respect for the University of Texas and one of my mentors, DeLoss Dodds. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be the athletics director at The Ohio State University. Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate.”

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will reportedly interview with Texas as the school continues its search to replace departing AD DeLoss Dodds.

Smith has held his position as Ohio State's athletic director since 2005, but drew the ire of some fans for his perceived mismanagement of the Tatgate saga. Smith, with experience running a massive athletic department, could be of interest to the Longhorns, but his PR stumbles during the Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel investigation may give the school pause.

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