Texas Denies Reports That AD Deloss Dodds Will Resign at End of Season
Texas has denied reports that athletic director DeLoss Dodds will step down at the end of the year:
Reports that AD Dodds is stepping down are absolutely not true.— UT Austin (@UTAustin) September 13, 2013
OrangeBloods.com released a report claiming Dodds would be resigning, but the validity of those claims has been called into question.
DeLoss Dodds, who has guided the Texas athletic department for 32 years, including its growth into the top revenue producer in college athletics, will step down as athletic director by the end of the calendar year, two well-placed sources close to the situation told Orangebloods.com.
According to the sources, Dodds will move into a consulting role currently outlined in his contract and will continue to serve the Texas athletic department in "a significant half-time position."
In the consulting role, Dodds, 74, would continue to collect his full salary (currently $1.1 million) through the end of his current contract, which expires in August 2015, the sources said. Dodds would also collect a $1 million, after-taxes payment due to him in August 2014, as currently outlined in his contract, the sources said.
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 13
Rose Cahalan of Alcade provides a statement from Dodds:
“I love my job, I love the people I work with, and I love The University of Texas. I have no immediate plans to retire, but when I do, we will let everyone know well in advance so that people do not have to speculate. Now let’s go out and beat Ole Miss.”
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 13
From Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News:
Just got off phone with DeLoss Dodds: "I’ve not made any plans to retire at any time. When I do, I’ll give you guys plenty of notice."— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) September 13, 2013
Kirk Bohls of Statesman.com initially refuted the Orangebloods.com report:
Texas spokesman calls Orangeblood reports that AD DeLoss Dodds stepping soon "absolutely not true. Period. It's just not true."— kbohls (@kbohls) September 13, 2013
After Texas lost 40-21 against BYU on Saturday—and amidst plenty of speculation about top recruits the school has missed out on, including Jameis Winston most recently—it's not hard to see this reported move as the first of many potential dominoes to fall.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report thinks the next domino would be Texas head coach Mack Brown:
Per http://t.co/hz7J0hPYgQ, Texas AD DeLoss Dodds will step down at the end of the year. That's Step 1. Mack Brown is Step 2.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 13, 2013
The move would come as Texas' major sports—football, basketball and baseball—have all recently struggled. Since losing to Alabama in the 2010 BCS National Championship, the football team is just 23-17, and the loss to BYU does not bode well for this year.
The basketball team failed to reach the NCAA tournament last season and was one-and-done in the tournament in three of its past four trips. And a proud baseball program finished in last place in the Big 12 last season and hasn't qualified for the postseason the past two years.
For one of the most distinguished athletic institutions in the country—and also one of the most powerful, as evidenced by the Longhorn Network—those results are simply unacceptable, and major overhauls appear to be on the horizon for Texas.
If this report holds true and DeLoss does step down, don't be surprised if a number of coaches, such as Brown or Rick Barnes, are soon on the way out as well.
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